India’s government has asked all states to increase surveillance for any new coronavirus variants, citing an increase in India Coronavirus cases in China and elsewhere, as a result of the surge in infections in China following the end of its strict restrictions.
After the United States, India reported the most COVID cases worldwide, but its number of confirmed infections has decreased significantly in recent months.
After China lifted its strict India Coronavirus restrictions, there has been a recent uptick in infections there, raising concerns that new variants could emerge.
In a Tuesday letter to states, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote, “In view of the sudden spurt of cases being observed in Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, Brazil, and China, it is essential to gear up the whole genome sequencing of positive case samples.”
“Such an exercise will make it possible to quickly detect any newer variants,”
Infections have increased in Japan, Korea, the United States, France, and Brazil in recent days, according to WHO data.
All states have been instructed by the government to ensure that all positive cases’ samples are sent to the 54 designated genome sequencing laboratories.
According to his ministry, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will meet with senior officials on Wednesday to discuss the situation.
Mandaviya has also asked people who are going to a cross-country march that is being organized by the opposition Congress party to get vaccinated and wear safety measures like masks.
Each week, India records approximately 1,200 new infections. Each week, approximately 3.5 million cases are reported worldwide.
More than 2.2 billion doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people.