An increase in the number coronavirus cases is being recorded in the northeastern states of the country. In states like Assam, Tripura and Mizoram, the situation is not good due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aizawl: An increase in the number coronavirus cases is being recorded in the northeastern states of the country. In states like Assam, Tripura and Mizoram, the situation is not good due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, in Mizoram, three different COVID-19 strains have been detected in 75 patients of the coronavirus infection. The Health Ministry said on Thursday that samples were sent for genome sequencing in the month of June.
State Nodal Officer and Official Spokesperson on Kovid-19, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said that out of these 75 patients, 73 cases are of delta variant (B.1.617.2) while one found in United Kingdom has alpha (B. 1.1.7) and one Eta (B.1.525) strain. He said that in the month of June, 100 samples were sent to the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) in Kalyani, West Bengal for genome sequencing.
“Mizoram government is making massive efforts to trace other strains in the state. People have to be very cautious and follow the guidelines strictly as different forms of COVID may already be present in other parts of the state.'
Eta variant is quite dangerous
Citing a study, Pachuau said that the eta variant is more dangerous as 69 per cent of infected patients require treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He said that the mortality rate in patients infected with the delta variant is 0.1 percent, for the alpha variant, 2 percent and for the eta strain, 2.7 percent.
26 cases of delta variant registered in Aizawl
Of the 73 cases of the delta variant, 26 were reported in Aizawl, nine in Lunglei, five in Kolasib and three in Serchhip, the official said. He said that cases of Alpha and Eta variants have also been registered from Aizawl. He said 70 samples were collected from Aizawl and 10 each from Lunglei, Kolasib and Serchhip districts and were sent to NIBMG for genome sequencing last month.
He said that at present he does not have any information about the current condition of the patients. Pachuau said that 69 samples were sent to NIBMG in March, 217 in April and 100 in June. In addition, 150 more samples were sent on July 15, the results of which are awaited.