India isolated and cultured the Covid-10 variant from the UK

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The variant of COVID-19 emerging from the UK has been successfully isolated and cultured at the National Institute of Virology, the (ICMR) said on January 2. No other country in the world did this. Culture is the process by which cells are grown under controlled conditions, generally outside their natural environment. India has reported 29 cases of the new coronavirus variant. According to a report released by the World Health Organization () on Thursday, four SARS-CoV-2 variants are responsible for the widespread circulation of the infection worldwide.

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The variant – SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01 – first appeared in southeast England. The new UK Variant has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, , Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore. Researchers in the UK suggested that though the transmissibility of the virus is relatively higher than other strains, it does not, however, cause a change in disease severity. The culture of virus will be studied by researchers in the hope to find something relevant not yet known.