Tripura, July 13: The Central government has stated that there are no cases of the highly infectious Delta Plus strain of the coronavirus in Tripura, a day after the Tripura government said 90% of samples sent for genome sequencing tested positive for this highly infectious variant.
According to a statement from the Health Ministry, 152 samples from Tripura were transferred to West Bengal’s National Institute of Biomedical Genomics for whole-genome sequence (WGS).
It stated, “The results of the WGS revealed that three samples had tested positive for B.1.1.7, eleven samples had tested positive for B.1.617.1 (Kappa) and 138 samples had tested positive for B.1.617.2 (Delta).”
“There was no case of Delta Plus reported among an aforementioned lot of sequenced samples”, it added.
Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb said, “I would like to tell the people of Tripura that there is nothing to be afraid of. Just be careful. The whole infrastructure and doctors are working 24 hours and the results are coming. The fatality rates are less in Tripura. Even if the positivity rate is above 5%, it is maintained.”
The Tripura Health Department has asked the Health Ministry for clarification on the coding of Delta Plus, Delta, and other coronavirus strains.
According to the Covid-19 portal, there are currently 4242 active cases in the state right now, with a total of 714 deaths recorded. 66243 people have recovered till now.