Centre Asks States for Genome Sequencing of Positive Case Samples Amid Covid Spike in China


New Delhi: In view of the resurgence of COVID-19 in China, Japan, Korea, Brazil and the US, the Center has issued a fresh advisory to all state governments and Union Territories. The Union Health Secretary on Tuesday issued a notification to the State and UT governments to “prepare whole genome sequencing of samples of positive cases to track (Covid) variants”.

“In view of the sudden number of cases observed in Japan, USA, Korea, Brazil and China, it is imperative to sequence the whole genome of samples of positive cases to track variants through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) network,” the Center’s notification said.

“All the States are requested that as many samples as possible of all positive cases are sent on a daily basis to the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories (IGSL) where the maps of the States and UTs are available,” the Union Health Secretary said. in notification

Notably, China has reported a dramatic increase in Covid cases after easing its containment policy. The Asian country is seeing a rise in infections due to new variants of the Omicron strain.

According to an epidemiologist, the coronavirus is likely to affect 60 percent of China and 10 percent of the Earth’s population in the next 90 days. Videos shared on social media show that Chinese hospitals are struggling to treat a growing number of infections. However, the news has not been confirmed by the Chinese authorities.

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