DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS:Heavily mutated COVID-19 Variant detected in South Africa, Ministry issues alert
Heavily mutated COVID-19 Variant detected in South Africa, Ministry issues alert
Multiple cases of a COVID19 variant 8.1.1529, which is named as Omicron by WHO (World Health Organisation) have been reported in Botswana, South Africa and Hong Kong,
This new COVID19 variant was first detected in South Africa.
This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations.
The Government has ordered that travelers from South Africa must be screened and those who test positive must have their samples sent to the IndianSARSCoV2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG).
Other Variants of COVID-19:
Alpha - B.1.1.7 and B.1.1.7 with E484K (Outbreak- United Kingdom).
Beta - B.1.351 (Outbreak - South Africa).
Gama - P.1 (Outbreak - Brazil).
Delta - B.1.617.2 (Outbreak - India)
IndianSARSCoV2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG).
The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), is a joint effort of the Union Health Ministry of Health, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) with Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and a consortium of 28 National Laboratories to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2.
INSACOG is a multi-laboratory, multi-agency, Pan-India network to monitor genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2.
Work of INSACOG
The network carries out whole genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 virus across the nation, aiding the understanding of how the virus spreads and evolves, and provide information to aid public health response