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.

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Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

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