A 24-hour weekend curfew has been imposed in Tripura after 90 per cent of the samples that were sent for genome sequencing tested positive for the Delta plus variant. The weekend lockdown will start from 12 pm today till Monday at 6 am which will break the chain.
Tripura which is the first northeastern State to report the new strain now has 138 cases of the deadly and highly infectious variant of Covid-19.
Dr Deep Debbarma, Covid Nodal Officer of Tripura informed that 151 samples were sent to a government laboratory in West Bengal. As many as 138 or 90 per cent of these samples have been found positive for the deadly Delta plus variant.
The health ministry earlier this week had said that 'variants of concern' of Covid-19 were detected in as many as 174 districts across 35 states and Union territories. Among them, the highest number of cases were detected in Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Telangana, West Bengal and Gujarat.
It is said that the Delta plus variant may drive the potential third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. The Delta variant was the major force for the second wave, which was deadly from the first wave.
Meanwhile, two cases of 'Kappa' variant, a new strain has been reported in Uttar Pradesh where earlier 107 samples were found positive for the Delta plus variant.