Five suspected cases of Indian corona mutation in Austria

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In Nickelsdorf, for the first time, there are three cases of concrete suspicion of the Indian corona virus mutation. In Salzburg, there is also said to be a second suspected case.

Indian mutation suspected in Austria
This was the result of an initial examination by the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), confirmed the coordination staff coronavirus in the afternoon. “The affected persons are in a family relationship and are segregated by the authorities.”

PCR test station set up in the municipal office Nickelsdorf
In the environment of the infected persons, a renewed, intensified contact tracing was carried out, the coordination staff announced. The population in Nickelsdorf was called upon to pay attention to their health status and to call the health advice 1450 in case of symptoms. As a precautionary measure, testing is offered on a voluntary basis. For this purpose, a PCR testing station will be set up at the Municipal Office in Nickelsdorf, which will be open on Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. Registration will take place on the spot.

“Due to abnormalities in the PCR tests of the relevant persons, this initial testing was carried out by AGES,” the Coronavirus Coordination Staff further reported. The samples would undergo further testing by AGES for sequencing of the virus strain to shed light on its exact composition. A final result should be available in about a week.

Second suspected case of the Indian variant in Salzburg
A second suspected case of infection with the variant of the coronavirus that is rampant in India was officially confirmed in Salzburg on Saturday. This is a person from the direct environment of the infected Indian woman living in Flachgau, in which a few days ago the “high-grade suspicion” of said mutation was first known, said Franz Wieser, spokesman for the state.

In both cases, the results of the sequencing, expected for the middle to end of next week, will bring certainty. The Indian woman had returned to Salzburg last week from a stay at home. On Tuesday, she had performed a Corona rapid test at her workplace, which came back positive. The subsequent PCR test confirmed the infection. Suspicion of the Indian mutation then emerged during screening. Quarantine was imposed on the woman and her family. On Saturday, the suspicion that one of the members who had fallen ill had also been infected with the virus mutation was confirmed. Wieser was unable to provide further details about the person.

Dangerous combination of British and South African variants
The Indian virus variant B.1.617 is a dangerous combination of the mutations from Great Britain and South Africa. It is still unclear whether this form is more deadly than previous mutations.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), preliminary study results indicate that B.1.617 is spreading faster than other Corona variants circulating in India.

  • sources: APA and vienna.at/picture: pixabay.com
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