Like all northeastern states, Mizoram was also hit by the second wave of Covid-19.
According to the health official, 73 cases of highly transmissible Delta variant (B.1.617.2), and one each case of United Kingdom’s Alpha (B.1.1.7) and Eta (B.1.525) variants were found from 100 samples through whole-genome sequencing.
The samples were sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani in West Bengal in June this year.
The official said, “Of the 100 samples, 73 were found to be Delta variant of COVID-19, one Alpha variant and another Eta variant of COVID-19,”.
According to reports, of the 73 cases of Delta variant, 56 were detected from Aizawl district, nine from Lunglei district, five from Kolasib district, and three from Serchhip district of Mizoram.
According to the official, 70 samples from Aizawl district and 10 each from Lunglei, Kolasib, and Serchhip districts were collected and sent to NIBMG for genome sequencing last month.
This year on June 18, Mizoram had reported four cases of Delta variants from 217 samples sent in April.