More Delta Plus variants found in TN, Centre alerts State

Chennai: Tamilnadu has so far reported nine cases of patients infected with Delta Plus variant, said ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava.

The Union Health Ministry has asked Chief Secretaries of seven States including Tamilnadu to take immediate containment measures in those districts where cases of patients infected with the Delta plus variant of Covid-19 have been found.

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to Chief Secretaries asking them to implement immediate containment measures and ensure proper adherence of Covid-19 measures.

Bhushan wrote to Chief Secretaries of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, warning them against allowing people to intermingle and crowd.

Meanwhile, State Health Minister M Subramanian has asked people not to panic. He also said that a testing centre will soon be set up in the State as a preventive measure to curb the spread and to avoid the delay in getting the results from the Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (DBT-inStem) in Bengaluru. He said the State had sent over 1,100 samples to the lab.

Speaking to the media, he said, ‘We are following the same Covid-19 protocol. As far as the Kottur case is concerned, the nurse was treated and she has gone back to work. In Kancheepuram too, the person was treated and he is doing well. and has gone back to work.

All the contacts of these three people were tested and we found none of them had contracted Delta Plus virus. The person from Madurai succumbed to the Covid-19. His sample has now been found positive for the Delta plus virus.’


NT Bureau