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Labs detecting new COVID variants in India closed due to lack of funds: Report

Healthcare workers inside COVID testing centre. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: In view of the surge in COVID infections in India, five labs across the country aimed to perform genome sequencing samples from COVID patients have been closed due to lack of funds, NDTV reported quoting sources from the Health Ministry of India.

The report said that the Government of India’s scarcity of reagents applied to a sample to trigger a chemical reaction is becoming an issue as it attempts to detect cases of the highly virulent Omicron strain in order to isolate and contain the virus.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in a meeting said, “There is a need for continuous scientific research … including genome sequencing, given that the virus is evolving continuously”. The meeting was attended by India’s Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, and senior government officials of India.

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