New Delhi: The health ministry said on Monday that the CoWIN portal will be made available in Hindi and 14 regional languages by next week, while 17 more laboratories will be added to the INSACOG network to monitor the variants of COVID-19.
These decisions were announced at the 26th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19, chaired by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, on Monday.
The ministry said that Vardhan informed his colleagues that 17 new laboratories are going to be added to the INSACOG network to increase the number of samples screened and allow for more spatial analysis. Currently, the network is served by 10 laboratories located at different corners of the country.
Vardhan said, "India's new COVID-19 cases have dropped to less than three lakh for the first time after 26 days. Also, a net decline of 1,01,461 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in the last 24 hours."
The ministry further said that he admired the efforts of defence scientists and the leadership of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching the country's first indigenous anti-COVID drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose or (2-DG).
Vardhan noted that the Centre continues to help the states under a whole of government approach to tide over the pandemic.
According to the statement, over 4.22 crore N95 masks, 1.76 crore PPE kits, 52.64 lakh Remdesivir injections and 45,066 ventilators were distributed among the states and Union territories.
National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) Director Dr Sujeet K Singh presented a detailed report on the mutations of SARS-CoV-2 and the Variants of Concern (VoCs) being reported in India.
The statement said that he showed figures related to the state-wise prevalence of VoCs like the B.1.1.7 and B.1.617. The B.1.1.7 lineage (UK variant) was found predominant in the samples collected in Punjab and Chandigarh between February and March.