Genome Sequencing of Sars-CoV-2 in HP reveals 56 p c cases with mutant strains

The Genomic Surveillance and Genome Sequencing of Covid positive cases presented alarming picture in the state as 56 per cent Covid cases were found infected with double, UK and other mutants.
The report submitted to state Health department by the National Communicable Disease Centre Delhi made publicby the department here on late Wednesday state that around 11 pc samples were found infected with the highly infectiousdouble variant,  17 percent were found infected with various type of Mutants and 27 per cents were detected infected with UK variants. 
Spokesperson of state Health department confirmed in a statement issued here lastnight that out of eight RTPCR labs of the state as many as 876 samples were sent ot NCDC Delhi.
The Genome sequencing of 146 samples have been done to keep surveillance on the type of Corona Variants confirmed around 82 samples were infected with various types of mutants of Sars Corona Virus-2.
Genome sequencing of 64 samples did not confirm any mutation,  Out of 146 samples 40 samples were found infected UK strain, 16 with double mutation strain and 25 exhibited some mutationof interest.
One sample has been rejected by the NCDC for nCoV. 
The report of rest 730 samples is awaited from the NCDC , spokesperson said that it isregular in touch with the centre expecting to receive its report shortly.  

SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) with ten regional genome
sequencing labs (RGSLs) spread across the country were desinatged viral genome sequencing.
There have been mutations in the Covid-19 virus over the past year or so and these labs have been tagged to various states for the purpose of study of the variants of the virus which infecting people, NCDC is declared designated lab for Himachal.
 Two type of surveillance of virus strains are being carried out by the NCDC and other labs as the first one include sentinel approach in which  Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) being done of the samples collected from tertiary care health facility . The samples collected along with CT scan reportamong the severe illness or prolonged admission, suspected reinfection, suspected vaccination failure and any other special cases  
The 2nd type special surveillance, sampling is being done for NCDC of collected samples to confirm  WGS information  from the community by targeting events like clustering of cases, super spreader events and clustering of cases in  institutions. 
District Surveillance Officer being asked to submit such samples for genome sequencing immediately on the priority where patients are being reinfected or infected after having 2nd dose of vaccination irrespective of period after the dose.
The genome sequencing and confirmation of double and highly infectious mutants would help the stateadministration to choke out the course of SoPs and decided about the lifting or continuing the Corona restrictions.Moreover the alarming death rate of 1.66 per cent of the Covid cases compared to 1.2 p c of the national average indicates that threat of Double strains and UK strains are more prevalent in the hill state need special precautions.

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