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India: 5th Country to Isolate Covid-19 Virus Strain

Published on March 14, 2020
Current context: ICMR has informed that India has become the fifth country in the world to successfully isolate the COVID-19 virus strain.
India: 5th Country to Isolate Covid-19 Virus Strain
  • The other four countries include Japan, Thailand, United States of America and China.
  • It means that the Indian scientists have been able to obtain a pure sample of the virus that has been contaminated outside the human body.
  • 11 strains of the Covid-19 have been isolated by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.
  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex health research body in the country, has expanded its network of labs equipped to test COVID-19 to 65 from 51.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no vaccine to cure Covid-19.
  • Anti-HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, are being tried on the affected patients as the suitable second option for rapid implementation in clinical trials.
  • ICMR Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Director-General: Dr Balram Bhargava

Question: 

Q.1 Recently, India has become the ________ country in the world to successfully isolate the COVID-19 virus strain?
a. 2nd
b. 3rd
c. 4th
d. 5th
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