Coronavirus: Meeting At PM's Office Over Covid Situation Amid Surge In Cases
A meeting is underway at the Prime Minister's Office to review the coronavirus situation in the country amid a surge in cases over the past few days, and amid concern that mutated versions of the virus - including those that may be more infectious - may be circulating in the country.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan is among those attending this meeting.
The spike in Covid numbers in some states comes as 240 new strains of the virus have emerged across the country; Dr Shahshank Joshi, a member of Maharashtra's Covid Task Force, told NDTV this week that the new strains could be the reason for an increase in cases in that state.
Health Ministry sources have said that 800 to 900 samples from Maharashtra and Kerala - two of five states to have seen a surge in cases - had been sent for genome sequencing in the past month.
Samples for genome sequencing - to understand the complete genetics of the virus - have also been sought from Punjab (another state to see an increase in cases) and Bengaluru, where two apartment complexes have been declared "containment zones" and sealed in the past few days.