The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, June 26
Over 50 random samples of Chandigarh residents for period May and June were sent to NCDC lab, New Delhi on 04-06-2021 for WGS (Whole Genomic Sequencing). Out of the results received; Variant of concern (VOC) has been detected in 35 samples. One Alpha variant (B.188.8.131.52), 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 Mauli-jagran who tested positive for COVID-19 on 22-05-2021 has been detected with Delta plus variant (AY.1). Samples of 04 (four) direct high risk family contacts who tested positive in May have been sent to NCDC for WGS today. Also 29 samples for 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 an India with 03 deaths. The maximum cases have been reported in Maharasthra, 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.