Maharashtra will not prioritise the genome sequencing of samples on the recommendation of the state Covid Activity Power. This because the state posted over 36,000 instances on Thursday – an enormous 36.65 per cent enhance from Wednesday.
Genome sequencing is failing to maintain up because the nation continues to supply a tidal wave of every day instances, the state reasoned.
It’s extra vital to deal with sufferers than figuring out the variants of coronavirus, state Well being Minister Rajesh Tope advised BoardingFlight. Maharashtra has reported 876 instances of the Omicron variant to this point.
“Genome sequencing will not be a very powerful factor proper now and that’s what the Activity Power and our bodies just like the ICMR really feel for the time being,” he mentioned.
“We’ll do no matter we will nevertheless it’s not for everybody. For instance, if the Fast Antigen Take a look at is constructive, there isn’t any have to repeat the RT-PCR take a look at. After that, there isn’t any have to do genome sequencing as nicely as a result of in relation to the remedy of the variants whether or not it’s Delta or Omicron, it isn’t very completely different.”
Mumbai’s civic physique BMC, which had earlier introduced that it will do as many exams as potential when instances started spiking – particularly within the metropolis, will proceed testing for the variants as standard.
“Genome sequencing was deliberate by the federal government of India for understanding the unfold of omicron virus. The time interval was from December 21 to December 31. That is over. However our routine technique of genome sequencing will go on as it’s,” a BMC official advised BoardingFlight.
The state’s precedence is to arrest the unfold of the virus, the minister mentioned, including, restrictions have been imposed to make sure this.
“We have now imposed a ban on marriages, social gatherings, spiritual gatherings, and political gatherings. We have now additionally shut schools. In locations the place the positivity fee has gone up rather a lot, like in Pune and Mumbai the place it’s over 20%, now we have determined to close colleges as nicely,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless, a choice to step up curbs can be taken if officers observe “one thing disturbing” within the scenario and numbers within the coming days, he added.
“We’re watching the numbers fastidiously and analysing them every day. And primarily based on this the Chief Minister will take a last choice on this.”
Mumbai as we speak posted a 33 per cent hike in every day instances over yesterday because it detected over 20,000 Covid infections in 24 hours for the primary time for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic. 4 associated deaths have been additionally recorded in the identical interval.