Over 7000 coronavirus mutations are circulating in India
Five states - Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab have been witnessing a surge in the past few weeks and authorities have been directed to take appropriate steps
A study conducted by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology has revealed that 7,569 coronavirus mutants are in circulation in the country. These mutations are said to pose a serious risk. Meanwhile, in southern states, where a surge is currently being witnessed, N440K mutation was vastly found. The Hyderabad-based Institute has been studying the evolution of the virus, its mutations and strains for around a year now.
Rakesh Mishra, Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, said that it is necessary to step up genome sequencing.
India started genome sequencing after the UK and Brazil variants, known to be highly contagious, emerged.
An Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia (INSACOG) comprising 10 institutes was also formed for genome sequencing. The CCMB is also a part of the consortium.
In view of the report, Delhi's Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Monday directed officials to launch cluster-based genome sequencing testing in Delhi. Officials have been directed to ensure no new surges happen in the capital. Delhi Metro and buses will run on limited capacity for another two weeks.
Five states - Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab have been witnessing a surge in the past few weeks and authorities have been directed to take appropriate steps.