Two cases of COVID-19 Kappa variant has been found in Uttar Pradesh, the UP state government said on Friday.
The Covid strain was found after genome sequencing of 109 samples at Lucknow’s King George’s medical college in last few days. Out of 109 samples, the Kappa variant was found in two samples while Delta plus variant was found in 107 samples.
When asked about the Kappa variant, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said earlier also cases of this variant were found in the state.
There is nothing to worry about. This is a variant of coronavirus and its treatment is possible," Mr Prasad was quoted saying by news agency PTI.
"Both the variants are not new for the state. The facility of genome sequencing is being increased in the state," the statement issued after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Covid review meeting said, reported NDTV.
According to experts, the Kappa variant, also known as B.1.167.1, is a double mutant strain of the Coronavirus that has prompted global gene surveillance to check for its prevalence and propagation. Like Delta plus, Kappa too has been declared as a variant of concern.
India reported 43, 393 new cases and 911 new deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload and death toll to 3,07,52,950 and 4,05,939, respectively.