After two cases of the Delta plus strain were found in Deoria and Gorakhpur, two patients have now tested positive for the Kappa strain of Covid-19.
The strain was detected during the genome sequencing of 109 samples at King George’s medical college in the past few days.
The Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 was found in 107 samples, while the Kappa variant was found in two samples, the statement issued after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s routine review meeting said. “Both the variants are not new for the state. The facility of genome sequencing is being increased in the state," it added.
A 66-year-old man from Deoria had fallen ill due to Covid-19. Genome sequencing revealed that the patient had tested positive for the Delta Plus variant.
Head of microbiology department at BRD Medical College, Amresh Singh, said the patient had tested Covid positive on May 27 and was brought to the medical college on June 12.
“The patient died in the course of treatment on June 14. He had no travel history," Singh said. Health officials said more than 2,000 samples have been sent for genome sequencing from the state.
Two cases of Delta Plus strain were recorded for the first time in Uttar Pradesh this week. Officials said that since none of the three patients had a travel history, suggesting that the virus was mutating in the state.
Like Delta plus, Kappa too has been declared as a variant of concern.
When asked about the Kappa variant, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said earlier also cases of this variant were found in the state.
“There is nothing to worry about. This is a variant of coronavirus and its treatment is possible," he said. When asked in which districts this variant was found, Prasad did not divulge details and said it would create fear among people.
(With inputs from agencies)