Genetically mutated coronavirus, with ability to widespread, detected in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: A study conducted on coronavirus showed that the virus spreading in the state has been genetically mutated and has greater ability to spread widely. The study was conducted mutually by Kozhikode govt medical college and CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in Delhi.
CSIR subjected around 170 samples from nearby districts sent to Kozhikode medical college for genome sequencing.
The study also found that while Kerala effectively checked the spread of coronavirus from the foreign returnees with testing, tracking and quarantine, the same was not successfully implemented in case of other state returnees. Most of the virus spread occurred from inter-state travellers.
Among the samples subjected to study, the ‘D614G’ strain of novel coronavirus mutation, which is considered ten times more infectious, was detected.
Dr Chandini Radhakrishnan, chief researcher and emergency medicine section, head at Kozhikode medical college, said that the study shows the need for high caution and stricter restrictions to check the virus spread.
The research study included the participation of Kozhikode medical college principal, 14 doctors and researchers of the institution. The study was headed by Dr Vinod Scaria of CSIR. Others included in the research group were doctors VR Rajendran, J Binaphilomina, Prasath Vishwanathan, Priyanaka R Nair, NJ Thulaseedharan, Kalpna George, Sheela Mathew, P Jayesh Kumar, KG Sajithkumar, VK Shameer, Vineeth Gladson, Mithun Mohan and CP Firoz.