Despite its insidious and rapid spread to 210 countries and territories, the novel coronavirus is a stable creature. It is not mutating, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Friday. It’s not known how many India-circulating virus genomes have been sequenced across how many clusters to arrive at this conclusion.
Nonetheless, this corroborates what other geographies are reporting. It isn’t the capriciousness of SARS-CoV-2, but rather the individual immune and collective medical response to the virus that has led to a wide variation in how it has ravaged countries in the northern and southern hemispheres.