Meghalaya, June 27: More than 90% of Covid-19 cases detected in Meghalaya, per genome-sequencing samples, are of “Delta variant (variants of concern), which should in itself be the reason for caution and extra precaution by everyone to safeguard themselves and their loved ones”, principal secretary, health and family welfare department, Sampath Kumar has cautioned.

This admission of the Meghalaya Government comes just days after it was reported that the State Government seems to be hiding facts in relation to the detection of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 in the State.

“With the anticipated ‘third wave’ of the pandemic, the welfare of the people should be considered of prime importance. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure that adequate care is exercised as per the health advisories which are validated by thorough research and scientific validation,” said Sampath Kumar.

As per a letter, written by the Meghalaya Health Department to the Deputy Commissioners of all districts in the State, the “Variant of Concern” (Delta Plus variant) has been found in COVID-19 cases detected in the State.

Detection of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 in Meghalaya has been mentioned in a letter written by Principal Secretary (Health) – Sampath Kumar to the DCs of all the districts of the State on June 3.

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Now, although the Meghalaya Government did not say that the State has found Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 in the State, it has for the first time that the State Government has admitted that 90 per cent cases in the State are of the Delta variant.

However, the Meghalaya High Court on Thursday stated that forced vaccination violates fundamental rights as mandated under Article 19(1)(g) of the Indian Constitution, Bar and Bench reported.