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CORONAVIRUS, INDIA COVID-19 TRACKER

CORONAVIRUS, INDIA COVID-19 TRACKER

CORONAVIRUS, INDIA COVID-19 TRACKER

CORONAVIRUS, INDIA COVID-19 TRACKER

Early in March, India became the fifth country in the world to sequence the genome of the novel Coronavirus, or Covid-19, and share its data with the international community.

Pune-based National Institute of Virology, an institution under the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country’s nodal health research body, sent the first two data sets to an open database shared by researchers globally.

Labs, largely from China, the United States and the Netherlands, have so far contributed just over 1,100 samples to the database, which researchers across the world can use to analyse and work on tests, vaccines and drugs to combat the pandemic.

In India, the first set of genome data — detailing the complete DNA of the virus – came from individuals in Kerala who had contracted the virus.

“The volume of the sample and the concentration of the virus play a crucial role during the sequencing of the virus genome. In some samples that we received, there was less virus concentration and in case of clinical samples, sometimes the volume was less. These were some of the challenges,” says Professor Priya Abraham, Director of the National Institute of Virology.

The SARS-CoV2 genome, as it is formally known, has about 30,000 base pairs, somewhat like a long string with 30,000 plac ..

25 STATES/UTS AFFECTED

STATE/UTCONFIRMEDACTIVERECOVEREDDEATHS
MAHARASHTRA1121102
KERALA1091054
KARNATAKA413731
TELANGANA39381
GUJARAT38371
UTTAR PRADESH352411
RAJASTHAN32293
DELHI302361
HARYANA301911
PUNJAB29281
TAMIL NADU181611
MADHYA PRADESH1414
LADAKH1313
WEST BENGAL981
ANDHRA PRADESH88
CHANDIGARH77
JAMMU AND KASHMIR66
UTTARAKHAND44
BIHAR431
HIMACHAL PRADESH321
ODISHA22
PUDUCHERRY11
CHHATTISGARH11
MANIPUR11
MIZORAM11
TOTAL5875374010
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