Health officials are monitoring a new coronavirus variant in India.
The new strain is a "double mutant" containing two mutations. It is not determined if the new variant is more infectious or deadlier as there has not been a large number of cases.
"Though VOCs and a new double mutant variant have been found in India, these have not been detected in numbers sufficient to either establish or direct relationship or explain the rapid increase in cases in some States," India's Ministry of Health said in a statement. "Genomic sequencing and epidemiological studies are continuing to further analyze the situation."
India reported more than 53,000 new cases, which is the highest number of new cases in a single day since October 23. India is third in the world with over 11.7 million cases of COVID-19 and fourth with over 160,000 deaths.
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