New Delhi: In a first, Indian scientists have revealed a microscopy image of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease, which claimed over 21,000 lives globally.  As per the reports of ANI, scientists took the throat swab sample from first laboratory-confirmed COVID19 case in India, reported on Jan 30 in Kerala. The findings were published in the latest edition of Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR). Also Read - COVID19 Cases: Maharashtra Declares 6 States as Places of Sensitive Origin, Issues Strict Guidelines | Know Details

If reports are to be believed, scientists have confirmed that the viral strain has similarities with the Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARSr-CoV)- the two species of the coronavirus which had an outbreak in the world. Also Read - Early Summer Vacation in West Bengal Schools From April 20 in View of Rising COVID-19 Cases: Minister

A few days back, a group of scientists had warned that the country may see up to 13 lakh cases by mid-May if the numbers keep growing like this.  “When there is no approved vaccine or drug for treating COVID-19, entering phase 2 or phase 3 of escalation will have devastating consequences on the already overstretched healthcare system of India,” the scientists said. Also Read - Delhi Lockdown: Who Needs E-Pass? How to Apply For it? Step-by-Step Guide Here

Earlier in the day, the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 17 in the country  and the number of positive coronavirus cases climbed to 724.

On Tuesday, while announcing a total lockdown for 1.3 billion people in India for 21 days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned that if we don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.