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Jharkhand: When will genome sequencing machine come, questions high court

Ranchi: Concerned over the delay in procurement of genome sequencing machine to detect the actual variant of Sars-Cov2 in circulation in the state, which is leading to massive surge in covid-19 cases in last few weeks, the Jharkhand high court on Friday asked state government and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) when it will procure genome sequencing machine. Making a verbal observation over the bureaucratic delays, it snubbed authorities whether it will wake up from sleep only when cremation grounds are flooded.

A division bench of chief justice Ravi Ranjan and justice Sujit Narayan was hearing a PIL initiated suo-moto by the high court last year over poor facilities at Rims amid the pandemic. During the course of hearing today, it asked about the genome sequencing machine in the wake of surge in cases when it made the scathing observations.

State’s current active cases are 14255 after 3704 new cases on Thursday night, but none are aware whether the current spike in daily cases is due to Delta or Omicron variant.