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A release from Mumbai's civic body said 345 COVID-19 patient samples were tested in the fourth series batch at the Genome Sequencing Lab in Kasturba Hospital.
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After much waiting, the government of India has finally decided to involve private laboratories in the process of genome sequencing.
Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday inaugurated the State’s first whole genome sequencing lab to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus variants.
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The govt said it was done to study the genetic variations in the virus, dismissing concerns that the pace of genomic surveillance had slowed down in the country.
It said that AY.12 that was first noted in Israel and currently driving infection in the country, which has inoculated 60 percent of its population, is not yet seen in India.
Genome sequencing is very crucial for the country to identify and take quick action against new variants which could be more virulent, as was the case with the Delta variant.
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Dr SK Sarin, director of ILBS, said the facility is equipped with relevant infrastructure and skills, and has already been conducting whole genome sequencing for other viruses.
The facility will be mainly for surveillance and public health purposes as the identification of the COVID variants of concern would be done.
He said 250 PHCs are being upgraded as Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has given top priority to health sector.
The university already has a lab to study zika, chikungunya, dengue, AIDS and other viruses. It also conducts RT-PCR tests.
India has to speed up its genome sequencing, and invest in technology to ramp up not only whole genome sequencing, but also testing.