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Government will increase the number of genome sequencing for Covid-19: Ministry of Health | India News


NEW DELHI: The government will increase the number of genome sequencing for Covid-19 in view of the new strain of coronavirus that was first detected in the UK, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday.
“An important advance is the establishment of INSACOG, which is a consortium of 10 government laboratories to perform the sequencing of the Sars virus (Covid-19) genome or any variant of that virus. These laboratories belong to ICMR, BioTech India, CSIR and the health ministry, “Bhushan said at a press conference here.
“Before the news of the UK variant, we had done approximately 5,000 genome sequences in all labs. Now, we will significantly increase that number and we would be working in a coordinated way as a consortium,” he said.
The Union Health Secretary said that daily new cases of Covid-19 are less than 17,000 after 6 months. “Active cases in the country are less than 2.7 lakhs and are decreasing. The positivity rate in the country during the last week stood at only 2.25 percent, while the cumulative rate is 6.02 percent”.
“In a landmark achievement, daily new cases of Covid-19 are less than 17,000 after 6 months now. Daily deaths are also less than 300 after 6 months. 55% of deaths were found to have occurred in the age group 60 and over and percent of deaths have occurred in men, “added Bhushan.
The health secretary said that 63 percent of all Covid cases were reported in men and 37 percent in women.
“If we analyze Covid-19 cases according to gender, 63% of the total cases were reported in men and 37% in women. By age, 8% of the cases reported before the age of 17, 13 % percent in the age group 18 to 25 years, 39 percent in the age group 26 to 44 years, 26 percent in the group 45 to 60 years and 14 percent over 60 years ” , said.
With 16,432 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, India has reported a total of 1,02,24,303 cases so far, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) reported Tuesday.
Up to 24,900 recoveries and 252 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of active cases is 2.68,581, while total recoveries are 98,07,569, while the total number of deaths has reached 1.48,153, the ministry said.

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