New Delhi, September 10
Chairing a meeting to review the Covid situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for constant genome sequencing to track down any potential mutations of the virus.
The topics covered included a review of the prevailing pandemic scenario, preparedness of the health systems, availability of medical oxygen and matters relating to production, supply and distribution of vaccine.
“The PM spoke about the need for constant genome sequencing to monitor emergence of mutants. He was informed of the national sequencing network, the INSACOG, having 28 labs and was told that sewage sampling was also being done for genomic surveillance,” a PMO statement said.
The meeting discussed that across the world, there were countries where the number of active cases continued to remain high and likewise in India, the figures from Maharashtra and Kerala indicated that there could be no room for complacency. Kerala has 2,40,037 active cases, 60.98 per cent of India's total active load. Maharashtra with 51,419 active cases has 13.06 per cent of the share. — TNS
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