• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

To assess the spread of Omicron, INSACOG will increase the collection of random samples; Focus on areas with cases

INSACOG, a national consortium of government institutions involved in genome sequencing for the novel coronavirus, will now take more samples from the random population to confirm the extent of the presence of ‘highly mutated’ omicron among the Indian population , News18 learned.

At a meeting on Friday, members of the consortium reviewed the sequencing strategy after India reported the first two cases of omicron in Karnataka on Thursday.

“No specific decision was taken at the meeting. It was decided that the number of random samples tested for genome sequencing should increase. In addition, collection should be concentrated in and around areas where omicron positive cases have already been reported, ”said an official who was a member of the committee.

Outbreaks of specific clusters across the country, the source said, are being investigated and the consortium has started receiving samples for testing. “This includes two outbreaks reported in Karnataka. “

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The official informed that the consortium is awaiting the results of “virus isolation” – a very specific method of learning the characteristics of the virus. “More specific decisions will be made once the panel receives the segregation report.”

So far, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) coordinated by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), as of November 25, 2021, has sequenced 1,02880 SARS-CoV-2 genomes.

In total, 17 Covid-19 bio-deposits have been notified by the central government. These are set up in the laboratories of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) across India.

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