After two cases of the Delta plus strain were found in Deoria and Gorakhpur, two patients have now tested positive to 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.
One of the patient, a 66-year-old man, has died.
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.
“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, it suggests the virus was mutating in the state.