New Delhi: The emergence of Indore as key hotspot of coronavirus pandemic in Madhya Pradesh has puzzled the experts in view of the city being selected as cleanest in India consecutively for the last three years. This has sparked apprehensions among experts that the COVID-19 strain in Indore may be most virulent.

The COVID-19 strain in Indore, the epicentre of coronavirus pandemic in Madhya Pradesh, was sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for test in the wake of the deadly virus wreaking havoc in the region killing 57 people so far.

Jyoti Bindal, dean of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College in Indore, has been assigned the task of compiling samples of coronavirus-infected patients in Indore as well as Bhopal to study the culture and extraction of automotive mutations of the SARS-Cov-2 strains in the two regions.

“I have contacted NIV, Pune for study on the Covid-19 strain in Indore. The institute has shown keenness for culture and extraction of automotive mutation of the strain and asked me to send the samples of coronavirus positive cases in Indore and Bhopal,” said Jyoti Bindal while speaking to the media.

According to Bindal, so far, four or five strains of COVID-19 have been found in the world. Other factors such as co-morbidity in the majority of COVID-19 patients and their late arrival in the hospitals for treatment may also have contributed to the rise in deaths due to the virus in Indore, she added.

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