Step up genome sequencing to identify new variants: Punjab CM

Wants lab in Patiala functional this month

Step up genome sequencing to identify new variants: Punjab CM

Chandigarh, July 9

CM Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the departments concerned to step up whole genome sequencing (WGS) to expeditiously identify cases of new Covid variant and to fast-track the project for execution of the MoU with ICMR for the Regional Institute of Virology, Mohali.

Though no fresh cases of Delta Plus variant (apart from two reported earlier based on May sampling) had been identified in the state, the CM directed that the WGS lab at GMCH, Patiala, coming up with the support of PATH, must become functional this month. PATH has informed the authorities that the machine is likely to be installed by July 25. The CM said the state was also starting dry swab testing, with a pilot survey at GMCH, Patiala, next week. — TNS

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