Imphal: Manipur on Friday reported its first confirmed cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19.

The announcement was made by chief minister N Biren Singh on social media. He said that an alarming situation has arisen with regards to COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

According to the CM, after initial testing of 20 samples from Manipur in Hyderabad, 18 turned out to be of Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

The Delta variant has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he said.

Following the newly found variant of COVID-19 virus, more samples from the state have now been sent for testing.

In the backdrop of the rising cases of COVID-19, the chief minister further urged the people to take utmost precautions and follow SOP laid down by the government.

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Of the various mutations that the COVID-19 virus infections are prevalent in the country, the Delta variant is reportedly to be more transmittable, more virulent and causes many complications among the people. According to reports, this variant was first identified in India and it was termed as a ‘variant of concern’ by the WHO.

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