COVID-19: India sees no significant mutation and a sharp decline in testing

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COVID-19 is taking up the toil in India an everyday there is a new record of things. India has no significant or drastic mutation in strains of Sars-CoV-2 till now according to the Union minister Harsh Vardhan. He said about this on Sunday while interacting with his social media followers. He also mentioned that the Indian Council of Medical Research has been conducting large-scale sequencing; of nationally representative strains collected over a few months and detailed results on mutations; of the virus will be available in early October.

Till now, India has crossed the 54-lakh mark with; a spike of 92,605 new cases and 1,133 deaths in the last 24 hours; according to the Union ministry of health. The total case tally stands at 54,00,620 including 10,10, 824 active cases; 43,03,044 cured, and 86,752 deaths as per the ministry.

COVID-19: India sees no significant mutation and a sharp decline in testing
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On the other side, the testing numbers across the nation showed a sharp decline over the past two days. On Friday, a little over 8.8 lakh samples were tested for the COVID-19 across India; a drop of more than 2.5 lakh over the past two days; according to the official data.

The following are the top developments happening in India:

  • With 94,612 people recuperating from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours; the total number of recoveries in the country has surged of 43,03,043; taking the national recovery rate to 79.68%, the health ministry said. As many as 60% of the new recoveries were reported from five states i.e. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, UP, and Tamil Nadu, which also accounted for 52% of the new cases.
  • Disposal of biomedical waste including PPE kits worn by healthcare professionals; and the public became a challenge during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; the Union health ministry told the Rajya Sabha on Sunday. On being asked whether COVID-19 cases increased among individuals employed in garbage collection and disposal, minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said the data is not maintained by the Centre.
  • Six sitting MLAs and three sitting MPs have succumbed to the virus to date. Among the MLAs were state minister as well. More than 85,000 people in India have died of COVID-19, so far.
  • A study conducted by top genetic experts has revealed that Indians should be thankful; to their genes for tiding over the COVID-19 pandemic; with a relatively lesser mortality rate as compared to the US and European nations. A team comprising distinguished genetic experts from six institutions, led by Prof Gyaneshwer Chaubey of the Banaras Hindu University, analysed complete DNA data of the Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 genes of the X chromosome from various continental populations and found that it is the Indian genes that have protected the population and helped battle the deadly virus.
  • The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network System, which provides real-time information; on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country; is being enhanced to address the needs for distribution and tracking of the COVID-19 vaccine; whenever it becomes available, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

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