South Africa reports 4 cases of India variant B.1.617.2
Published: Sat, 08 May 2021 23:10:22 +0000

In South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports sequencing COVID-19 specimens from individuals with a recent travel history to India.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant shows enhanced host cell entry and immune evasion
Published: Sat, 08 May 2021 02:58:08 +0000

A study conducted by researchers in Germany has found that the B.1.617 variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that has emerged in India entered certain types of lung and intestine cells with slightly increased efficiency compared with the original wild-type strain.

Japan extends COVID emergency in Tokyo, PM Suga says Olympics still going ahead
Published: Sat, 08 May 2021 01:59:10 +0000

Japan extended on Friday a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May to stem a surge in coronavirus cases, but Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that it is still possible to host Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The Latest: Connecticut data show COVID-19 vaccine effective
Published: Sat, 08 May 2021 01:58:18 +0000

Of the more than 1.4 million Connecticut residents who are now fully vaccinated, 242 later became infected with COVID-19, according to data released Friday from the state Department of Public Health.

Mutated virus enters China, likely from India
Published: Fri, 07 May 2021 03:24:33 +0000

Three Chinese males on a flight that arrived in Chongqing from India via Nepal were confirmed infected with a coronavirus variant that is spreading in India, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The center said on Saturday in China CDC Weekly that the men, aged from 20 to 30, were infected with B.1.617, an emerging variant in India that was first identified in October.