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In view of rising Covid cases across the globe, Centre tells states to ramp up genome sequencing | India News


NEW DELHI: Center on Tuesday directed states to step up genome sequencing as the number of Covid cases in China spiked, JapanUSA, Korea and Brazil poses a looming threat of a fourth pandemic wave.
In a notice to the states, the union secretary for health Rajesh Bhushan he sounded the alarm about rising cases: “The public health challenge of Covid-19 remains around the world with about 35,000 cases reported weekly,” he said. speak.
Bhushan reiterated that genome sequencing will help in the early detection of new variants and will facilitate the implementation of necessary public health measures.
“In light of the sudden increase of cases in China and other countries, it is essential to establish whole genome sequencing of positive case samples in order to track down common variants,” he said. through the Indian network of SARS-CoV-2 Genome Consortium (INSACOG). added: “All states are required to ensure that as many samples as possible of all positive cases, daily, are sent to the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Lab mapped to states and UTs.”
The Health Minister said: “Operating Guidelines for the revised surveillance strategy in the context of Covid-19 call for early detection, isolation, testing and prompt management of suspected and confirmed cases. to detect and prevent outbreaks of novel SARS-CoV-2 variants”.
Bhushan added that India, through focusing on a fivefold strategy of testing-trace-treatment-immunization and compliance with Covid’s appropriate behavior, was able to limit the transmission of the virus. Covid-19 and is recording 1,200 weekly cases.
Bhushan said the need for the moment is to keep an eye on the key trends of existing variations.
India recorded 112 new infections on Tuesday. The death toll is 530,677. Active cases fell to 3,490 and accounted for 0.01% of total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate increased to 98.8%, the health ministry said.
(with input from agencies)

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