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Covid: Worrying shortfall, lag in genome sequencing -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph A delay of 57 days would mean variants get eight weeks to circulate unnoticed, says IBAB scientist India has furnished coronavirus genomes from 0.05 per cent of its Covid-19 patients, a tiny fraction of its own target, scientists have said amid concerns that the signals from even the limited sequencing efforts have not triggered timely interventions to save lives. A study on global sequencing efforts released on Thursday said India had...

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Making Sense of Madhya Pradesh’s Shocking Deaths Increase in April and May -Murad Banaji

-The Wire Science During April and May, 2021, Madhya Pradesh saw an astonishing rise in mortality. According to death registration data reported by Rukmini S., during these two months the state saw 1.7 lakh “excess” deaths over and above what would be expected from previous years’ data. In May alone the number of registered deaths was around five times the numbers seen in 2018 and 2019. Shocking as they are, these figures...

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Centre’s claim that less than 2% Indians have been affected by Covid-19 isn’t supported by ICMR data -Anuprova Ghose

-Scroll.in The Indian Council of Medical Research’s latest national serological survey shows the real number could be 21%. The Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Health and Welfare, Lav Agarwal, during a press briefing on May 18, claimed that less than 2% of the population of the country has been infected by Covid-19 in the past 16 months. He also lauded the continuous efforts of the Centre and state governments in coordination...

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Shahid Jameel quits as head of virus genome sequencing group -Jacob Koshy

-The Hindu The eminent virologist did not give any reasons for his departure Shahid Jameel, eminent virologist and head of the advisory group to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortia (Insacog), resigned from his post on Friday. Dr. Jameel confirmed to The Hindu that he'd quit but did not give any reasons for his departure. Multiple scientists who are part of Insacog — a group of 10 laboratories across the country, tasked with tracking evolving...

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Second wave wreaking havoc on rural lives. Will it impact rural livelihoods as well?

With the rise in Covid-19 daily new cases and daily new deaths since March this year, media reports (please click here and here) on migrant workers returning back to their native places (i.e. places of origin) from migration destinations (i.e. workplaces likes cities and large industrial towns to where the informal and low skilled workers from the marginalised sections of the society migrate seasonally, and sometimes for a longer duration,...

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