Meghalaya logs 377 new COVID-19 cases, nine fresh fatalities

Kohima: Genome sequencing of 98 COVID-19 samples from Nagaland revealed the presence of Delta variant (B.1.617.2) in as many as 93 of them on Friday.

Two cases of Kappa variant (B.1.617.1) and one of Alpha (B.1.1.7) were also detected. The results of two samples are yet to be received.

The state’s health and family welfare department informed that the results of the samples for whole genome sequencing were sent to National institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani in West Bengal.

More samples for whole genome sequencing will regularly be sent, it informed.

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The health department warned that the Delta variant is more infectious. It advised the people to strictly adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and stressed on the need for vaccination.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently said that the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is present in 96 countries, will become the dominant variant of the coronavirus globally in the coming months.

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