800 to 900 samples from Maharashtra and Kerala – two of the 5 states which have seen an increase in coronavirus instances within the latest days – have been despatched for genome sequencing within the final one month, prime sources within the Union Health Ministry stated. This comes amid worry of the mutant strains of the virus.
Samples for genome sequencing – a testing course of to grasp the whole genetics of an organism – have additionally been sought from Punjab and Bengaluru. Sources within the ministry stated it would grow to be clear in three to 4 days whether or not new variants of coronavirus have a job within the resurgence of Covid instances in these elements of the nation.
Genome sequencing of almost 6,000 samples have been carried out up to now within the nation.
Authorities gave not been in a position to confirm if the latest Covid instances in Kerala are because of the new variants.
A “micro-level monitoring” is being carried out in Kerala and Mumbai, sources within the ministry stated. Officials are additionally discovering out if Covid clusters are being shaped in new areas.
But authorities officers admit that India’s genome sequencing has been beneath the mark up to now and that should change within the upcoming weeks.
“The country has set up ten surveillance sites or labs for genomic sequencing and certainly the progress has not been up to the mark. We were expected to sequence 5 per cent of the all the positive samples on a daily basis… There are two things – one is known mutants which have come from other countries into India. The other equally important aspect is whether any mutants are arising within the country,” Dr NK Arora, head of the operations analysis group of Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) Covid taskforce, instructed NDTV.
Unlike Europe, India hasn’t seen the form of unfold of the extremely contagious UK variant. The British variant has been reported in 187people in India.
Brazil and South Africa – the place two of the brand new strains had been first detected – have comparable weather conditions. The South African pressure of coronavirus has been detected in 4 folks in India and the Brazil variant has been seen in a single.
The centre has given an motion plan to Maharashtra, Kerala, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh after the latest surge in Covid instances in these states. One of the measures that it has requested the states to take is common monitoring of mutant strains by way of testing adopted by genome sequencing in addition to monitoring of rising cluster of instances.
Dr Shekhar Mande, Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), instructed NDTV, “Five per cent is the target that we wish to achieve (for genome sequencing). Right now, preparations are on war-footing to get that five per cent going.”