The Health Ministry on Thursday said that amid the spike in Covid-19 cases, 400 patients have been found to be affected with UK, South Africa, and Brazil mutant variants of the coronavirus.
The country had recorded 242 of these other variants that were reported on March 4. The cases increased by 158 in just two weeks.
The Ministry said in a statement, “The total number of cases with UK, South Africa and Brazil variants of the Covid virus in the country as on date is 400.”
The news has come in the backdrop of Maharashtra reporting an increase in Covid-19 cases. It accounts for over 63 percent of the daily cases.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh exhibiting a steep rise in Daily New Cases; together account 80.63% of the daily new cases.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) March 19, 2021
A genomic consortium of ten regional laboratories with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as the apex laboratory has been established to perform genomic sequencing of the samples from positive travelers and 5 percent of the positive test samples from the community.
The country recorded 35,871 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, on Thursday. However, on December 6, a single-day spike of 36,011 new infections was recorded.