A veteran health expert, Doctor Saluki, warned Indian officials that a new variant of the Coronavirus is spreading in a rural district of India, which could be devastating.
Dr. Salunki’s warning was not taken seriously by any federal health authorities.
Little did they know, the new variant B.1.617 can trigger a catastrophic wave of Corona virus.
The first impact of a new variant was detected months before in a rural district of India, Amravati, where health authorities recorded a rapid increase in cases even when the number of cases was declining in other parts of India, this red flag was neglected by authorities.
Doctor Salunke said, he alerted some of India’s most senior health officials in early March, mainly; Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s main coronavirus adviser, V.K. Paul, and the head of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Sujeet Kumar Singh.
Health officials denied Dr. Salunki’s claims. They said, there is no direct relation between the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and some other states with the mutant virus strains.
Despite Salunki’s warning, the federal government allowed election rallies, religious festivals, and other mass gatherings to happen, and failed to take measures to curb the spread of the virus.
The virus has mutated to 40 other countries including Britain. Indian’s variant was termed as a variant of concern by WHO.
While, variant in Britain is termed as delta. It is a type of Indian variant carried by the passengers from India.
Early detection of Indian variant would have contained the virus :
Veteran doctor requested them a sampling of new variant as it was continuously mutating and spreading very fast.
The spiking number of cases in Amravati took Dr. Salunki to the infected district where he tested around 700 people and half of the tests returned positive.
Missing the continuous warnings of the rise of mutated strain was a major mistake and Indian people are paying a very hefty price for it.
India could have controlled a higher number of death toll only if the matter of new mutated strain was dealt with utmost urgency