Headlines December 28, 2020
India prepares to detect & contain mutant Covid strain
The national task force on COVID-19 is looking at ways to detect and contain the highly contagious mutant strain.
More than 50 samples of people who have returned from the United Kingdom are currently being sequenced at six labs across the country to find out if they have the mutant strain. District surveillance officers are identifying passengers who have arrived from the country in the last one month.
The task force will track different strains of the coronavirus and will ensure that apart from the passengers coming from the UK, some samples from all states and union territories will be sent for genome sequencing.
A genomic surveillance consortium called INSACOG has been formed under the leadership of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for laboratory and epidemiological surveillance of circulating strains.
Daily cases have been dipping steadily in the country since hitting a peak in September, although the country still has the second-highest infections in the world, after the United States.
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