New Delhi: Fourteen new cases of new mutant coronavirus strain have been reported in India, the government said this morning, adding that 20 patients infected with the mutant strain been recorded in two days.
Taking cognizance of the reports of the new Covid-19 strain being detected in the country, the Central Government has put in place a pro-active and preventive strategy to detect and contain the mutant variant.
Meanwhile, the government is doing a comprehensive contact tracing exercise for their co-travellers, family, among others.
The Ministry of Health has also established the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) for laboratory and epidemiological surveillance and expand whole-genome sequencing of the coronavirus in the country, aiding in the understanding of how the virus spreads and evolves.
The viral genome sequencing data generated will be analysed by the respective centres and sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Delhi, for collation and integration.
The 10 labs are — DBT-National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani (near Kolkata), DBT-Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubhaneshwar, ICMR-National Institute of Virology and DBT-National Centre for Cell Science in Pune, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and DBT-Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, DBT InSTEM/NCBS, Bengaluru, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Hospital in Bengaluru, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology and NCDC in the national capital.