Health Body Chief On Status Of Covid Variants, New Mutants In India
The UK strain of coronavirus is currently dominating parts of north India while the double mutant variant is found mostly in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Sujeet Singh said on Wednesday.
He, however, added that the B1.1.7 lineage of SARS CoV-2 (UK variant) is declining in proportion across the country in the last month and a half.
Addressing a press conference, he said the B.1.1.7 (UK strain) is dominating parts of north India including Punjab (482 samples), Delhi (516), followed by Telangana (192), Maharashtra (83) and Karnataka (82).
Ten top government laboratories and institutions have been sequencing the genomes of coronavirus since December, Mr Singh said, adding 18,053 samples have been sequenced so far.
He said the information on genome sequencing has been shared with the states twice in February, four times in March and again four times in April.