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HYDERABAD: The Delta variant of the coronavirus (B.1.617.2) is dominant throughout Telangana. Express found that more than 90 percent of Covid-19 samples collected in the past month at the community level – both in rural and urban areas – and sequenced at the Hyderabad-based Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) were of the said variant. Genomic sequencing data from 127 coronavirus samples collected from May 1 to June 4 at the community level in Telangana were available on the database from GISAID, a global science initiative. Of these samples, 117 were of the Delta variant.

This variant, which was first detected in India, has been designated as a ‘variant of concern’ or VoC by the World Health Organization (WHO). When contacted, the former CCMB director and currently his advisor Dr Rakesh Mishra said the Delta variant was more contagious than other VoCs namely the South African, Brazilian and UK variants. However, this does not mean that the Delta variant is more dangerous. The highly infectious nature of this variant is evident from the fact that it was detected in some of the samples taken from international travelers who also arrived at Hyderabad airport.

It can be mentioned here that in March the main VoC in Telangana was the UK variant, which accounted for over 10% of all coronavirus samples collected and sequenced in the state, while only a handful of samples were from the Delta variant. .

As the Delta variant now dominates Telangana, Dr Mishra said existing precautionary measures of maintaining physical distance and wearing masks must continue. He added that it is possible that the Delta variant may not always remain dominant, as the virus continues to mutate. Going forward, another variant could dominate the Covid-19 infection landscape in the state.


No less than seven major strains of the coronavirus have been detected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi. The dominant strain in the region is the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus (B.1.617.2). This was reported by a joint study conducted by the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the Hyderabad-based Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).

A CCMB press note said: “The multidisciplinary research unit headed at BHU collected samples from Varanasi and areas around the city, mainly in April 2021. The CCMB team sequenced these samples and discovered that there were at least seven major variants. circulating in the region. No less than 130 samples were sequenced in this study. CCMB adviser Dr Rakesh Mishra said: “As in most Indian countries, the B.1.617.2 variant (aka Delta variant) was most common in the samples we studied. This was found in 36% of the total samples ”


The office of the director of public health on Friday released guidelines for all hospitals on the treatment of mucormycosis. The guidelines stressed that blood sugar control in these patients is of the utmost importance. Renal function test parameters and serum electrolytes should be monitored daily to check for hypokalaemia in patients receiving amphotericin-B therapy, as directed.


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