INSACOG carefully monitoring new Covid-19 variant, presence not but detected in India: Officials

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) is carefully monitoring the new variant of COVID-19 referred to as B.1.1.529 and its presence has not been detected within the nation but, officers mentioned on Friday.

The new variant, feared to have a excessive quantity of spike mutations, has been detected in South Africa, with the authorities there confirming 22 optimistic instances related to it on Thursday.

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Commenting on the event, a senior scientist with INSACOG mentioned the consortium is carefully monitoring the brand new variant of COVID-19 referred to as B.1.1.529 and its presence has not been detected but within the nation.

Health Ministry sources mentioned INSACOG is “very closely monitoring” the scenario to test for the presence of this variant and expedite the outcomes of genomic evaluation of optimistic samples of worldwide travellers.

A assessment assembly on the matter was additionally learnt to have been held.

There has been no isolation of the variant up to now, a supply mentioned. Samples of all worldwide passengers are being collected as normal and optimistic samples will probably be particularly appeared for B1.1.529 on precedence. The Ministry of Health and the Department of Biotechnology have already reviewed the scenario, the supply mentioned.

The Centre on Thursday requested all states and union territories to conduct rigorous screening and testing of all worldwide travellers coming from or transiting by South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana the place the brand new COVID-19 variant of significant public well being implications has been reported.

In a letter addressed to extra chief secretary/principal secretary/secretary (Health) of all states and union territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan requested them to make sure that samples of travellers turning optimistic are despatched to designated genome sequencing laboratories promptly.

It has now been reported by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that a number of instances of a COVID-19 variant B.1.1529 have been reported in Botswana (three instances), South Africa (six instances) and Honk Kong (one case), Bhushan mentioned within the letter.