He said Appal Raju’s statements created a sense of fear psychosis among people and demanded immediate action against Raju.
The N440K is neither a 'variant of interest' nor is virulent now, the state Health Department has said quoting a study by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Closure of the border would lead to chaos among migrants who are on their way back to Odisha from neighbouring states
Divya Tej Sowpati, a scientist at CCMB said while N440K was indeed a mutation of concern in South India during and after the first wave, current data show it is replaced by new variants.
The TMCs to provide quarantine facilities to entrants will be managed by the block development officers (BDOs) in rural areas and executive officers of urban bodies.
The N440K variant is the reason for the sharp spike in new infections in Andhra Pradesh in last few weeks.