COVID-19: 1 case of Delta plus variant reported in Chandigarh from 50 random samples
Chandigarh, June 26, 2021:
The UT health department had recently taken 50 random samples of Chandigarh residents in months of May and June to check different variants of the COVID-19. As per the health department, these 50 samples were sent to NCDC lab in New Delhi on June 4 for WGS (Whole Genomic Sequencing). Out of the results received; Variant of concern (VOC) has been detected in 35 samples. One Alpha variant (B.126.96.36.199), 33 Delta variant (B.1.617.2) and one Delta plus variant (AY.1) has been reported in the samples sent for WGS.
Sample of a 35 year-old-resident of Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran, who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 22 has been detected with Delta plus variant (AY.1).
Samples of four direct high risk family contacts who tested positive in May have been sent to NCDC for WGS on Saturday. Also 29 samples for the period of June have already been sent to NCDC on 22-06-2021 the results of which are awaited.
The 35 year old and all the family members which included two elderly and a small child had a mild disease. None of them were hospitalized and have fully recovered. None of them was vaccinated.
The Delta plus variant has increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells and potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response.
52 cases have been reported in India with three deaths. The maximum cases have been reported in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. The three States account for almost 70% of the total cases.
In view of the circulation of new more transmissible variant strains of COVID-19 in the community; Citizens are advised to follow COVID appropriate behavior i.e wearing of masks, following social distancing norms, hand hygiene and sanitization etc. It is also advised to avoid 3C’s i.e close contact, closed and crowded places. All those eligible for vaccination should get vaccinated at the earliest, said the health department.