Gujarat's high coronavirus death rate may be due to Wuhan's
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The novel coronavirus used for genome sequencing recently, was found to contain the L-type strain, according to a scientist at the state-run Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC).

"Analysis done by scientists abroad has shown that the L-type strain has been dominant where more mortality is reported among coronavirus patients. This strain was found to be more prevalent in Wuhan," director of GBRC, C G Joshi, said. Joshi added that the patient from whom the virus sample was collected for sequencing has fully recovered.

Atul Patel, a specialist in infectious diseases, attributed the presence of the L-type strain more than the S- type one in Gujarat is behind high mortality rate. Heart and lung diseases, diabetes, and hypertension, are among common diseases that have been found among Covid-19 patients who passed away in Gujarat.

The risk factors includes patients in the age group of above over 60 years and under five years of age, and pregnant women, and they account for 90 per cent of patients who passed away, Principal Secretary (Health), Jayanti Ravi had recently said.

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