KOHIMA, JULY 2: A total 93 Delta variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nagaland. Delta variant is also known as B.1.617.2 and is more infectious.
“Results of the sample for Whole Genome Sequencing sent to NIGB, at Kalyani, West Bengal, have been received by the HFW Department”, said Principal Director of the Department Dr Neikhrielie Khimiao in a release issued here tonight.
He said that out of the 98 samples sent, 93 are of the Delta variant while 2 are of Kappa variant (B.1.617.1) and 1 is of Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) while results of 2 samples have not been received.
Maintaining that the Delta variant is more infectious, the Principal Director advised the public to continue to strictly adhere to COVID appropriate behavior and get vaccinated.
Nodal Officer of BSL-3 Lab Kohima, Dr Tina Khamo confirmed that the samples were sent on June 10, 2021.
Enquired as to whether there has already been any fatality of any of the patients whose samples were sent for genome sequencing, State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Nyanthung Kikon said that since the results were received late the Department is working on the details as 5-10% of the COVID-19 samples were randomly sent for genome sequencing.
The full data of the samples sent for genome sequencing is being collected, he said, adding that the master result of genome sequencing is made public for better awareness among the public to continue following COVID-appropriate behavior of wearing face mask, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene.
He also said that Whole Genome Sequencing does not have any bearing on the treatment protocol or the outcome of the positive patients because the treatment protocol and discharge policy is the same for all variants of the virus.
The Whole Genome Sequencing is to know the variant and its infectiousness so that appropriate public health and social measures can be put in place, including stricter measures to contain the spread of the virus, said Dr Kikon.
(Page News Service)