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Chandigarh: As protesters forget Covid, Delta+ checks in | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: Farmers on Saturday did not adhere to Covidappropriate behavior at a time when the report of Delta and Delta plus variants in the city has been confirmed.
A total of 50 random samples of Chandigarh residents for May and June were sent to NCDC laboratory, New Delhi on June 4 for whole genomic sequencing. Variants of concern were detected in 35 samples — one Alpha variant, 33 Delta variant and one Delta plus variant. Samples of a 35-year-old resident of Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, who had tested positive for Covid on May 22, was detected with Delta plus variant.
Samples of four direct high-risk family contacts who had tested positive in May were sent to NCDC on Saturday. The 35 year old and all family members, which included two elderly and a small child, had mild Covid. None of them were hospitalised and all have fully recovered. None of them was vaccinated. Also, 29 samples for June have been sent to NCDC on June 22. The results are awaited.
“In view of circulation of more transmissible variants, residents are advised to follow Covid-appropriate behavior. These include wearing masks, following social distancing, hand hygiene and sanitisation,” said Dr Amandeep Kang, director health services, UT.





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