UP’s Kappa strain, a variant of concern

Uttar Pradesh, Jul 9 : Following the detection of two cases of Delta plus strain in Deoria and Gorakhpur, a patient has now tested positive to the Kappa strain of Covid-19 in Sant Kabir Nagar.The patient, a 66-year-old man, has died.
The strain was detected during the genome sequencing exercise.

His sample was collected on June 13 as a routine and sent to CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi that has confirmed the Kappa strain in the sample.
Like Delta plus, Kappa too has been declared as a variant of concern.
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.

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