Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the second wave of COVID-19, it is found that the mutant variant of SARS‑CoV‑2 has been spreading rapidly in all districts except Pathanamthitta.
Earlier in February, only 3.8 percent of patients contracted the mutant variant. But in March, the mutant variant infection has been confirmed for 40 percent of COVID-19 patients.
The main reason for the rapid spread is cited as the lack of caution and violation of COVID protocol ahead of assembly polls.
It is assumed that the Indian and South African variants of the virus can destroy the immune system and weaken the efficiency of the vaccines.
A study conducted by Delhi-based Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology revealed that U.K, South Africa and Indian variants of COVID-19 with higher transmissible capacity have been spreading across the state.