Boosting the medical research infrastructure in the city, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra launched Mumbai's first Genome Sequencing Laboratory on Wednesday. With the inauguration of this latest facility at a civic-run hospital, the city stands equipped with enhanced resources to fight against the pandemic. Besides aiding in the identification of different mutants of the highly contagious virus, the new lab will also help in testing a large count of samples.
A move to ensure an easier and faster genome sequencing process
As per reports, the BMC authorities informed that operations at this centre will be started by next week. While Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia or INSACOG conducted genome sequencing for samples from Mumbai till now, the new laboratory will allow for an easier and faster process. Reportedly, the administration started planning for this genome sequencing centre after Delta variant cases cropped up in the city.
As per reports, more than 300 samples can be tested in one round at this BMC run lab. Currently, the genome sequencing process takes weeks to bear results but with the help of this new facility that the time period will be reduced to 4-5 days. Further, it has been reported that officials are planning to set up genome sequencing labs in two more districts of the state. Given the surge in new mutants, such interventions have become important to assess the state of the pandemic.
359 new infections & 310 recoveries reported in Mumbai on Wednesday
With 359 new cases logged in on Wednesday, the active case tally surged up to 5,034 patients in Mumbai. On the positive side, 310 recoveries were marked in the city. While a cumulative count of 7,36,016 individuals have been affected by the deadly contagion, the total death toll stands at 15,920 now.