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China Covid: India To Track Virus Variants, Here’s What We Know

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China has outlined how it counts Covid-19 deaths amid doubts about the disease’s true impact. According to the report, the figure only includes those who die from respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.

Officially, only five Covid deaths occurred on Tuesday, two on Monday, and none in the previous two weeks.

 

The counting method violates World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, resulting in a figure that is significantly lower than the death toll in many other countries.

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On Tuesday, December 20, the Health Ministry directed states to increase genome sequencing of positive cases in order to track the variants that are currently infecting people in India.

“ln view of the sudden spurt of cases being witnessed in Japan, United States of America, Republic of Korea, Brazil and China, it is essential to gear up the whole genome sequencing of positive case samples to track the variants through…INSACOG network,” Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, in his letter to states.

What’s INSACOG of Covid?

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium, or INSACOG, is a group of over 50 laboratories that work together to track COVID variants. Genome sequencing is a scientific method for identifying new virus strain characteristics.

On December 20, India had only 112 new COVID cases. According to Health Ministry data, the number of active cases has dropped to 3,490.

In contrast, China has strict criteria for confirming Covid-19 cases, which include evidence of virus-caused lung damage in patients. A scan is required to confirm this.

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