A medical professional in India has withdrawn from a government-sponsored scientific consultation meeting to identify several species of coronavirus, a few days after consulting with authorities on how to deal with the epidemic.
Shahid Jameel, chairman of the scientific advisory board at the INSACOG, declined to comment.
“I’m not pressured to give a reason,” he told Reuters in a text message Sunday, adding that he would leave on Friday.
A senior government scientist who was part of the conference said, anonymously, he did not think that Jameel’s departure would affect INSACOG’s assessment of various diseases.
Reuters reported earlier this month that INSACOG, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genetics Consortium, had warned early March officials of the new and most endangered species of coronavirus operating in the country.
The variance, B.1.617, is one of the reasons why India is currently grappling with the biggest crisis in the world over COVID-19 cases.
Asked why the government did not respond strongly to the findings, for example by banning conventions, Jameel told Reuters he was concerned that the authorities had not taken enough evidence to establish the facts.
Jameel also wrote in the New York Times on May 13 that scientists are experiencing extreme hardships in making evidence.
Renu Swarup, secretary of the Biotechnology Department in charge of INSACOG, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also did not immediately respond to a text message asking for comment.
Another INSACOG member said he was unaware of the disagreement between Jameel and the government.
So far, India on Monday reported 281,386 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 4,106 deaths. The total number of cases in South Asia is 24.97 million with 274,390 deaths, the Ministry of Health data shows.
Some Indian countries have increased the loss of COVID-19 to help combat the epidemic, which has killed more than 270,000 people in the country, while the federal government has promised to boost vaccinations.
Newly 311,170 new cases represented a one-day low rise in the past three weeks but medical authorities have warned of dissatisfaction and “explosions” in the development of the disease.
The northern regions of Delhi and Haryana extended the closures, which are expected to end on Monday, a week.
Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the rates of positive cases compared to previous tests had dropped to 10% from 30% earlier this month.
The southern state of Kerala, which had previously announced the release, also imposed stricter rules in some states on Saturday. It warned that people who do not wear masks if there is a need or violation of the exclusionary norms to be arrested, and drones used to help identify offenders.
While the closure has also helped reduce the number of cases in some parts of the country affected by the outbreaks in February and April, such as Maharashtra and Delhi, rural areas and other countries are facing new surges.
The government will provide detailed instructions on Sunday to investigate cases of COVID-19 that are spreading to large parts of India.
The Ministry of Health has called on communities to be vigilant with flu-like illnesses and to treat patients as COVID-19.
The bodies of the victims of COVID-19 were found dumped in other rivers, the state-run Uttar Pradesh government in a letter approved by Reuters, on the first acknowledgment of the dangerous practice.
Although India is the world’s largest vaccinated country, only 141.6 million people have received at least one vaccine, or about 10% of the 1.35 billion people, according to a study by the Ministry of Health.
The country has vaccinated more than 40.4 million people, or 2.9 percent of the population.