Karnataka Forms Genomic Surveillance Committee to Fight COVID-19 Crisis

Karnataka Forms Genomic Surveillance Committee to Fight COVID-19 Crisis A girl gives her nasal swap for Covid-19 test. (PTI photo)

New Delhi: The Karnataka government has formed a genomic surveillance committee after experts met Karnataka deputy chief minister, Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, and discussed the need of carrying out genomic surveillance in the state.

The group of experts also emphasised on the need to trace the emerging strains quickly so that researches can establish the transmissibility of the new strains of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the Karnataka government also issued a circular on establishing a genomic surveillance committee, which is set to assist the Karnataka COVID-19 Task Force to make calls towards controlling the pandemic situation in the state.

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According to reports, over 40 to 50 per cent of the cases recorded during the second wave was of the ‘Delta’ variant, which could be identified in advance to control the outspread of COVID-19.

India’s COVID-19 Tally

India continues to report less than 1 lakh daily new cases of the novel coronavirus cases, for the second consecutive day on Wednesday (June 9, 2021). According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country recorded 92,596 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The cases rose by 6,127 new infections as compared to the previous day when 86,498 new cases were reported, the lowest in 66 days.

The slight spike in new cases took the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 2,90,89,069 cases on Wednesday, while the total number of active infections stood at 12,31,415 cases.

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The country saw discharges outnumbering new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, as 1,62,664 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. The numbers though promising did show a drop from the previous day’s high of 1,82,282 discharges on June 8.

The total number of patients discharged so far stood at 2,75,04,126 cases, as on Wednesday.

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