Kolkata. West Bengal in tuesday Coronavirus With the arrival of 21,098 new cases, the number of corona patients undergoing treatment has crossed one lakh. 19 more during 24 hours Corona Virus Infected (Corona Positive) death has been recorded. Of the 19 people who died of infection, 6 deaths Kolkata have occurred in not only this Kolkata (Kolkata Omicron) In about 80 percent of the corona cases sent for genome sequencing in the lab of Omicron BA.2 strain has been detected. In such a situation, concern has increased in Kolkata as well.
According to the information revealed, samples were sent for genome sequencing between 22 and 28 December. Omicron’s BA.2 strain has been found in about 80 percent of the samples. The Ct level of these samples was below 30, indicating high viral load. BA.2 has been confirmed in 34 samples sent by a laboratory in Kolkata. Apart from this, Omicron BA.1 was found in one sample while Delta and Delta Plus variants were found in 8 samples. Omicron’s BA.2 has been found in 14 out of 17 corona samples sent by another lab. The rest of the samples were of the Delta variant. Testing of 50 samples sent by the third laboratory revealed that 35 samples were from Omicron’s BA.2 strain.
Dipyaman Ganguly, immunologist from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology from The Times of India, has said that these test results suggest that Omicron’s BA.2 strain is community spreading in Kolkata and its surrounding areas. They say that there is a possibility that Omicron’s BA.2 strain is spreading the cluster infection locally.
At the same time, microbiologist Shelly Sharma of AMRI Dhakuria says that Omicron has been found in about 70 percent of corona positive samples. Most of these have got BA.2 train. This was a week ago. In such a situation, the cases of Omicron would have increased manifold at this time.
In December itself, the government had decided to send all those corona positive samples for genome sequencing, whose CT value is less than 30. This was done to know the apprehensions of community transmission due to Omicron variants. Only a week later it was known that community transmission has started spreading due to Omicron.
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