No case of COVID-19 Delta Plus variant in Tripura: Union Health Ministry


The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday confirmed that no case of Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 has been reported from Tripura.

According to an official release by the Ministry, the random samples were of people who tested RT-PCR positive between April and May 2021. 

152 samples were sent from Tripura to NIBMG Kalyani for Whole Genome Sequence (WGS) and the results revealed that three samples had tested positive for B.1.1.7 (Alpha variant), 11 tested positive for B.1.617.1 (Kappa) and 138 samples tested positive for B.1.617.2 (Delta), the statement read.

The Health Ministry said, "There was no case of Delta Plus reported among an aforementioned lot of sequenced samples." 

Last week, Dr Deep Debbarma, a COVID nodal officer in Tripura said that 151 samples were sent to West Bengal for genome sequencing.

"Of these, more than 90 samples were found to be Delta Plus variants. It is a matter of concern," Dr Debbarma was quoted by ANI.

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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