The Indian Mutation of the Coronavirus Mutation Has Been Found In 53 Countries

In the main mutation site (yellow) of the South African coronavirus variant B.1.531, a glutamic acid amino acid is replace by a lysine one at the position 484. A spike protein (red) is bound to an angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (blue), which is embedded in a human cell membrane.

According to the World Health Organization, a coronavirus variant discovered in India has already spread to 53 countries (WHO). However, according to unofficial sources cited by the WHO, the variant has already affected 60 territories (B.1.617).

As a result, the Indian mutation lags behind other forms that have appeared before it. The so-called British variant (B.1.1.7), which has been spreading since last autumn, is now present in 149 countries worldwide, including both recognized countries and territories claiming sovereignty.

The previously feared South African mutation has spread to 102 countries and territories, while the Brazilian form has reached 59.

The Indian variant is classified by the WHO into three lineages: B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2, and B.1.617.3.