The first case of the Delta plus COVID variant and 33 cases of the Delta variant have been reported in Chandigarh.
As per a statement from the Chandigarh administration, 50 random samples of Chandigarh residents from May and June were sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) lab on June 6 for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS).
Out of the results received, variants of concern (VOC) were detected in 35 samples - One Alpha variant (B.220.127.116.11), 33 Delta variant (B.1.617.2) and one Delta plus variant (AY.1)
The Delta plus variant was detected in a 35-year-old resident of Vikas Nagar Mauli-jagran who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 22.
"The samples of four direct high-risk family contacts who tested positive in May have been sent to NCDC for WGS today. Also, 29 samples for the period of June have already been sent to NCDC on June 22, the results of which are awaited," the statement said.
The 35-year-old and all family members, including two elderly and a small child, suffered mild cases.
The Delta plus variant has increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells and potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response.
As many as 52 cases have been reported in India so far, while three have succumbed to it. Maximum cases have been reported in Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.