US ranks 43rd in genome sequencing of virus samples to detect UK-like variants, shows data – world news

The United States, most affected by the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), did not actively participate in sequencing cases to identify genetic changes, according to a global database of coronavirus genomes.

The GISAID initiative revealed that the United States ranks very low at 43rd place. According to a report released last week, out of more than 18 million cases, only 51,212 (or 0.3{74ca91e3bee52d91843c282edd75c0800a88a3d8744a3a1c83b7ba867058fc3c}) were genetically analyzed for mutations.

Sequencing can detect the spread of the virus and help you understand if a particular strain has arrived in your country. According to health officials, the UK sequenced 7.4{74ca91e3bee52d91843c282edd75c0800a88a3d8744a3a1c83b7ba867058fc3c} of documented cases to discover a new strain in mid-December.

At the top of the sequencing list, according to the GISAID Initiative database, Australia has sequenced 58.6{74ca91e3bee52d91843c282edd75c0800a88a3d8744a3a1c83b7ba867058fc3c} of cases, the highest globally. New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark and Iceland are the other countries at the top of the list.

The United States has recorded the first case of a new strain of Sars-CoV-2 virus that many experts have already warned of.

Health officials said Monday that a Colorado man who is known to have the first U.S.-spread Covid-19 strain has never traveled. This has sparked many questions about how the new variant emerged in the Rocky Mountains.

Colorado officials are expected to give details on how men in their twenties from most rural areas on the edge of the Denver metropolitan area made the transformation at a press conference on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, India has sequenced more than 4,000 coronavirus genomes and submitted them to GISAID, Shekhar Mande, director of the Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR), said last week.

CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi and Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, have independently sequenced more than 2,200 coronavirus genome sequences in India.

Cases of new variants have also been reported in India. Six cases on Tuesday and 14 cases today increased the total number of infections to 20. Proliferation of the B117 variant.

This variant has also been found in Canada, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.