The data by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune shows that 220 out of 361 or 61% of the Covid-19 samples taken in Maharashtra between January and March and genome sequenced had the double mutation E484Q and L452R, now classified as B.1.617 lineage.
The central government had said that around 15-20% samples in Maharashtra had the mutant variant but however the government denied for any link between the mutants and the second wave of the virus.
NIV authorities in a meeting on April 10 made an presentation to all the all locale heads of government laboratoriess. The genome sequencing results were partaken in the presentation, however authorities said the state government is yet to get a composed report on this. “It has been conveyed to us just verbally,” an official said.
The state government had also asked for a detailed report on genome sequencing of all the Maharashtra samples, told the Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
Even after the Centre’s refusal the state health officials believe that the mutant variants are the reason behind the high rise in Covid cases in the state. Maharashtra has been reporting more than 50,000 cases on a daily basis.
India as a whole is sequencing even less than 1% of the all the Covid-19 samples. On the other hand Maharashtra officials claims that this genome sequencing would help in containing the virus.