Maharashtra will now not prioritise the genome sequencing of samples on the recommendation of the state Covid Process Power. This because the state posted over 36,000 circumstances 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 each day circumstances, the state reasoned.
It’s extra essential to deal with sufferers than figuring out the variants of coronavirus, state Well being Minister Rajesh Tope informed wantpassport. Maharashtra has reported 876 circumstances of the Omicron variant thus far.
“Genome sequencing is just not crucial factor proper now and that’s what the Process Power and our bodies just like the ICMR really feel in the meanwhile,” he mentioned.
“We are going to do no matter we are able to nevertheless it’s not for everybody. For instance, if the Speedy Antigen Check is optimistic, there isn’t any must repeat the RT-PCR check. After that, there isn’t any must do genome sequencing as nicely as a result of with regards to the remedy of the variants whether or not it’s Delta or Omicron, it isn’t very totally different.”
Mumbai’s civic physique BMC, which had earlier introduced that it could do as many checks as doable when circumstances started spiking – particularly within the metropolis, will proceed testing for the variants as normal.
“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 informed wantpassport.
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, non secular gatherings, and political gatherings. We have now additionally shut schools. In locations the place the positivity price has gone up so much, like in Pune and Mumbai the place it’s over 20%, we have now determined to close colleges as nicely,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless, a choice to step up curbs shall be taken if officers observe “one thing disturbing” within the state of affairs and numbers within the coming days, he added.
“We’re watching the numbers fastidiously and analysing them each day. And primarily based on this the Chief Minister will take a ultimate determination on this.”
Mumbai at present posted a 33 per cent hike in each day circumstances over yesterday because it detected over 20,000 Covid infections in 24 hours for the primary time because the outbreak of the pandemic. 4 associated deaths had been additionally recorded in the identical interval.