“There were six patients in Indore and one in Bhopal,” said Madhya Pradesh health minister, Prabhuram Chaudhary. Later AIIMS Bhopal official confirmed that 20 samples were tested for genome sequencing at the institute. Three were diagnosed for the UK variant of Covid-19.
Chaudhary said, “I am not aware of the variants of concern. All the patients diagnosed are healthy.” He was responding to union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) released data on genome sequencing by INSACOG on Wednesday. Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), is a pan-India network to monitor genomic variations in the SARSCoV-2 by a sentinel sequencing effort.
Variants of concern have been reported from 18 states of India, according to union health ministry press release on Wednesday. Two new ‘variants of concern’ and a new ‘double mutant’ Covid-variant have been found in India, according to MoHFW.
As many as 771 variants of concerns (VOCs) have been detected in a total of 10,787 positive samples shared by States/ UTs. These include 736 samples positive for viruses of the UK (B.1.1.7) lineage. 34 samples were found positive for viruses of the South African (B.1.351) lineage. 1 sample was found positive for viruses of the Brazilian (P.1) lineage, according to government press release.
When contacted MP additional chief secretary (health), Mohammed Suleman did not comment.