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Assam: Delta Plus found in April-May sample’s genome sequencing; 247 containment zones identified

Assam may already have reeled under the Delta variant of corona virus that is predicted to be the reason behind a possible third wave, after 77 percent of the samples of April-May month showed its presence.

This comes at a time when the state has identified 247 areas, now containment zones, where it has witnessed major spikes. Four districts — Biswanath Morigaon, Goalpara and Bokakhat subdivision of Golaghat district — have seen major spikes.

Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta during a media interaction at Guwahati said that the genome sequencing of the samples were sent in the month of April-May.

“We send 300 samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV at Pune, Maharashtra) every month for testing on the trend of the virus or any possible mutation. Atleast 77 percent of that has come with the presence of delta variant,” Mahanta said on Friday.

According to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AllMs) director Randeep Guleria, the new Delta variant, which is also called Delta Plus is extremely transmissible, and even walking next to a Covid 19 patient without a mask may lead to the spread of infection.

Mahanta said that the current drug regime for the Coronavirus doesn’t work on those infected with Delta Variant. On the brighter side, only one person has died in the state of this variant so far.

Mahanta further said that the state has released an updated standard operating procedure according to which, those government employees who have already taken one dose of COVID-19 vaccine can resume their duties and those people who have taken all the doses of vaccination will not need take COVID tests to travel.

The state has also relaxed the ongoing curfew by an hour in its capital city and outskirts in Kamrup Metro district.

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