Indian variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 detected in Melbourne

Evidence of a SARS-CoV-2 strain was recently detected in Melbourne wastewater, leading to the detection of 26 locally acquired cases of COVID-19. Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has confirmed that the strain is the B1.617 variant first detected in India.

The strain was genetically linked to the man who contracted the virus while in Adelaide hotel quarantine. READ MORE