No delta plus variant of Covid-19 considered to be most contagious type found in 2nd round of tests conducted by Mumbai Civic body
Additional Commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai Suresh Kakani has said that no delta plus variant of Covid-19 which is considered to be the most contagious type was found in the second round of tests conducted by the Civic body. Tests were conducted on 374 samples of positive patients and 304 samples were found to be infected from Delta variant and two were from 19 A and four were infected from 20 A while the remaining 66 were found to be infected from the earlier strain of Corona virus. The civic body is using the state of the art technology of genome sequencing which has made it possible to identify the different variants of Corona virus.
AIR correspondent reports that, according to the statement released by BMC the civic body is using the next generation genome sequencing technology which was made operational in the laboratory of Kasturba Hospital in the last month this year. There are two machines in the lab worth Rs Six Crore 40 lakh which were donated by Albright Stonebridge group of United States. Genome sequencing technology helps to identify the different types of variants and makes it convenient to decide the type of treatment for the particular variant. The lab in Kasturba hospital can conduct tests on 384 samples simultaneously and report can be obtained within four days
BMC has appealed the citizens to adopt the Covid appropriate behaviour considering the prevalence of fast spreading sub types of Delta variant. Meanwhile in a bid to boost the immunisation programme BMC will hold a special Covid 19 vaccination drive for women today. The drive will be conducted between 10.30 am to 6.30 pm in all 24 wards of Mumbai without online registration and both first and second dose will be administered.