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Coronavirus India Live Updates: Govt says Pan-India Covid genome studies suggest virus genetically stable

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: As the work continues to develop an effective vaccine for COVID-19, the government on Saturday said two pan-India studies on the genome of the virus in India suggest it is genetically stable and has shown no major mutation. After a review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the COVID-19 pandemic situation, and vaccine delivery, distribution and administration preparedness, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that three vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which two are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III.
The PMO further said, “Two pan-India studies on the Genome of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) in India conducted by ICMR and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) suggest that the virus is genetically stable and there is no major mutation in the virus.”
The number of active cases of the novel coronavirus in India dropped below eight lakh for the first time in one and a half months Saturday, prompting the Union Health Ministry to say the country had scaled “an unprecedented peak”. India reported 62,212 new Covid-19 cases and 837 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Saturday. The country’s tally of 74,32,681 cases included 7,95,087 active cases, 65,24,596 recoveries and 1,12,998 deaths. Read from source….