Three cases of India Covid variant confirmed in Austria

Three cases of India Covid variant confirmed in Austria
Medical staff care for a patient infected with Covid-19. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)
Three suspected cases of the Indian Covid variant have been confirmed by Austria's AGES organisation in the state of Burgenland, while another case is suspected in Tyrol.

Three members of a family in Burgenland have been diagnosed with the Indian Covid variant, Austria’s AGES organisation has confirmed.

The family have been put in quarantine and it is believed the chain of infection has been interrupted, the APA agency reports. 

The three cases occurred in a family of four in Nickelsdorf, which is close to the Hungarian border. It is not known where the people were infected with the Indian mutation as none of the infected people had recently been to India or had contact with people returning from there.

Suspected mutation in Tyrol

There is now a suspected case of the Indian mutation in Tyrol for the first time. The person affected fell ill in India and was brought back to Tyrol on a secured ambulance flight, the state announced on Tuesday.

The infected person has not had any contacts with people not wearing protective clothing, it is reported. 

Upon arrival from India, the patient was brought to the Innsbruck clinic by means of an infection transport. They are now undergoing hospital treatment in isolation on a normal ward.

A positive PCR test has suggested an infection with the the Indian Covid variant and the sample has been sent to AGES for sequencing.

Last week it was officially confirmed that two people in Salzburg had been infected with the variant after coming to Austria from India.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the coronavirus variant first found in India last year as a “variant of global concern”.

Preliminary studies show the B.1.617 mutation spreads more easily than other variants.


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