Singapore strain of coronavirus: All that we know so far

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Coronavirus (Image: Pixabay)
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New Delhi : Coronavirus second wave has already battered India as sudden spike in COVID-19 cases overwhelmed the nation's health sector. Now, the concern is about the third wave of coronavirus which may arrive soon and is likely to hamper children more.

On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister raised an alarm and asked Centre to ban movement from Singapore to keep third wave at bay of the island nation.

In a tweet in Hindi on Tuesday afternoon, Kejriwal said that a "new strain of corona (sic) that’s emerged in Singapore is said to be extremely dangerous for children, can come as a third wave in India…"

Even Singapore has acknowledged presence of coronavirus strain that is affecting children more in the nation.

Schools in Singapore are to remain shut from Wednesday after authorities earlier this week flagged what they said were new coronavirus strains like the one first detected in India that had been found to affect more children.

According to reports, in reference to the B.1.617, Singapore health minister Ong Ye Kung told a news conference on Sunday that it “appears to affect children more". Education Minister Chan Chun Sing is said to have added that it was “an area of concern" although none of the infected children in the city-state were seriously ill.

Singapore authorities, however, have denied the presence of a new strain, but they agree of coronavirus affecting kids in the island nation.

The first wave of coronavirus had spared children, but experts fear that the mutation has become contagious and could hamper kids easily.

Singapore’s tally for May so far is 193 cases. That comes on the back of 55 infections in April and just nine in March. No wonder that the new figure represents a worrisome spike to the island nation of 5.7 million people that has seen a total of 61,000 cases since the start of the pandemic.