Delhi recorded the first case with South African variant of COVID-19.

A 33-year-old man, who had tested positive for COVID-19 last week, has now been confirmed to be infected with the South African variant of the virus.

The patient is currently undergoing treatment at the LNJP Hospital in the National Capital.

“He is kept in a very different isolation area and was brought here about a week ago and then tested. He came positive for the South Africa variant,” a PTI report stated.

The man was initially asymptomatic but his present condition is not yet known.

The South African variant of SARS-CoV-2 emerged in mid-December and was first reported in India in mid-February.

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Three new variants of Covid-19, from the UK, South Africa and Brazil, have been reported so far in India, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

In India, the South Africa strain had been detected in four returnees – one from Angola, one from Tanzania and two from South Africa in January, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava had said – adding all travellers and contacts had been tested and quarantined.

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