Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Home News Reports India becomes the 5th nation in the world to successfully isolate COVID-19 virus strain

India becomes the 5th nation in the world to successfully isolate COVID-19 virus strain

The isolated strain has a 99.98% match with the virus in China's Wuhan. This significant medical breakthrough will help India in developing a vaccine for the deadly Coronavirus

India has become the fifth country in the world after Japan, Thailand, USA and China to successfully isolate the life-threatening Covid-19 strain. The feat was achieved by the scientists at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune where 11 strains of the Covid-19 were isolated from a patient.

“The strains are the prerequisite for conducting any research related to viruses,” said Raman R. Gangakhedkar, head of the epidemiology and communicable diseases division of the Indian Council of Medical Research. This is hailed as the first step towards the development of drugs and vaccines against the pandemic by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

According to reports, the isolated strain has a 99.98% match with the virus in China’s Wuhan. This significant medical breakthrough will help India in developing a vaccine for the deadly Coronavirus. Although it will still take one and a half to two years to develop a vaccine, even if the trial procedures are expedited.

Till now, 6,500 samples of 5,900 individuals have been tested and 83 people have tested positive for the virus. 7 patients have been successfully recovered. Scientist Gangakhedkar informed that only routine medicines were used in the treatment, unlike China that used anti-retroviral drugs (HIV drugs) on some patients. The Indian Government had informed that a span of 1.5 to 2 years would be required to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.

ICMR is working in close coordination with the Ministry of Health and family welfare, and other Government Departments. The number of labs for primary testing of Covid-19 has been increased to 65 from 51. Labs designed for a second confirmatory test have also been expanded to 31.

Wuhan coronavirus or COVID-19 that originated in China has claimed over 5,440 lives and infected around 1.5 lakh people till now. Earlier, PM Modi had taken to Twitter to make an appeal to the leaders of the SAARC countries to come together to chalk out an effective strategy against the Coronavirus. He added that discussions can be held via video conferencing to keep the citizens healthy. PM Modi also said that the united and synchronised efforts can set an example for the world to emulate and contribute towards building a healthier planet.

The pandemic has forced even the Indian State Governments to swing into action. All schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh have been closed till March 22. The Haryana Government declared Covid-19 as a state epidemic. 270 isolation wards had been set up along with 1,206 beds in both private and government hospitals. 

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, during an emergency meeting of State Ministers and senior officials, announced that all malls, cinema halls, pubs, wedding ceremonies have been banned for another one week beginning March 14. The Odisha Government has sanctioned an amount of ₹200 crores to deal with the situation. The Delhi government had announced that IPL and other sports events will not be allowed in the national capital, and ordered that movie halls and schools will remain closed. BCCI has also postponed the IPL and cancelled the remaining matches in the one day series between India and South Africa.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

 

Related Articles

Trending now

Tractor rally: Rioting mob vandalised Ram Mandir and Kedarnath tableaux from Republic Day parade

Rioting mob on Tuesday not only desecrated the Red Fort and tried to kill the Delhi Police personnel but also vandalised the tableau from the Republic Day parade.

CBI issues arrest warrant against TMC leader in cross-border cattle smuggling case

Vinay Mishra is believed to be close to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew, Abhishek

‘Farmer leader’ Rakesh Tikait washes hands off the violence, blames Red Fort siege on ‘uneducated people’

Farmer leader Tikait blames Delhi Police and uneducated farmers for the Red Fort incident on January 26.

China upset over Modi govt’s vaccine diplomacy, blames India after Bangladesh rejects their vaccine

Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times has claimed that India wants to monopolize the vaccine market in South Asia and hence is influencing its neighbouring nations to reject the Chinese vaccine.

Live TV vs edited upload: How NDTV’s Ravish Kumar gave leeway to rioting mob at Red Fort on Republic Day

Ravish Kumar not only downplays the aggression of rioting mob that sieged Delhi on Republic Day but also tries to give a leeway to them on same.

The deafening silence of the ‘lambs’ who egged the ‘protestors’ who turned into an unruly mob on Republic Day

When the protesting mob charged towards the Red Fort and put it under siege, just few kms away from the official celebration of Republic Day, these celebrities, who egged the 'farmers' to 'fight for rights' went deafeningly quiet.

Recently Popular

Protesting mob enters Red Fort, unfurl the Sikh flag, Terrorist outfit SFJ had demanded Khalistani flag to be hoisted: Details

The protestors have hoisted the flag on Red Fort that appears to be the Sikh Flag. Some believe it is the Khalistan Flag.

‘Flag of Khalistan is waving on Red Fort,’ ‘Historic Moment’: All Pakistan Muslim League celebrates “Black Day” for India

The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) is celebrating the hoisting of the 'Khalistan Flag' at Red Fort on Republic Day.

Here is how Congress and trolls tried to paint a Khalistani accused of spearheading the Red Fort siege as a ‘sanghi’

Deep Sidhu is accused of being responsible for the hoisting of the Sikh flag at Red Fort on Republic Day.

Rajdeep Sardesai lies twice, says ‘farmer’ was killed because the police shot him in the head: Here is the truth

In this way, those who had shared the fake news once would live under the false impression that it was indeed a case of police firing.

Protesting ‘farmer’ spends Rs 35 lakh to modify his tractor for Republic Day rally

The modified tractor is fitted with huge wheels. It is said to withstand heavy rain and water cannon charge.

Farmers Tractor Rally: Mob break barricade to reach Red Fort and India Gate, just what Khalistani terror outfit had called for

Delhi is in grips of chaos as the farmer tractor rally defied route and broke police barricades to reach ITO and Red Fort
- Advertisement -

 

‘Bring Lathis, flags to save your land,’ video of ‘Farmer’ leader Rakesh Tikait asking his supporters to be armed goes viral

Rakesh Tikait was seen in a video misleading farmers by saying their land will be snatched, and asked them to be armed with lathis

Tractor rally: Rioting mob vandalised Ram Mandir and Kedarnath tableaux from Republic Day parade

Rioting mob on Tuesday not only desecrated the Red Fort and tried to kill the Delhi Police personnel but also vandalised the tableau from the Republic Day parade.

CBI issues arrest warrant against TMC leader in cross-border cattle smuggling case

Vinay Mishra is believed to be close to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew, Abhishek

Cops tried to save the protestor whose tractor overturned but were prevented by other protestors: Reports

Times Now journalist Padmaja Joshi claimed that the protestors did not allow the injured protestor to be evacuated by the cops.

Andhra Pradesh: Parents brutally murder two daughters, claim they will come alive next day as ‘Satya Yuga’ comes

The couple brutally killed their two daughters claiming that they received some divine message to do so.

‘Farmer leader’ Rakesh Tikait washes hands off the violence, blames Red Fort siege on ‘uneducated people’

Farmer leader Tikait blames Delhi Police and uneducated farmers for the Red Fort incident on January 26.

China upset over Modi govt’s vaccine diplomacy, blames India after Bangladesh rejects their vaccine

Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times has claimed that India wants to monopolize the vaccine market in South Asia and hence is influencing its neighbouring nations to reject the Chinese vaccine.

150 police personnel injured, 2 in ICU as tractor rally turns violent on R-Day

152 police officers injured in Delhi yesterday out of which 2 are in ICU.

Live TV vs edited upload: How NDTV’s Ravish Kumar gave leeway to rioting mob at Red Fort on Republic Day

Ravish Kumar not only downplays the aggression of rioting mob that sieged Delhi on Republic Day but also tries to give a leeway to them on same.

Khalistani supporters protests outside the Indian embassy in Washington DC, raise secessionist flags

Khalistani supporters protested outside Indian Embassy to show support for the violent protestors running riots in Delhi.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
23,000SubscribersSubscribe