Delta Plus variant detected in Meghalaya but the State Government is yet to make it public?

It seems so. As per a letter, written by 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.

The Centre recently had called the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 as a “variant of concern”.

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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The letter states, “It is reiterated that the respective District Medical & Health Officers of all the districts are to take immediate necessary action on the matter considering the high transmissibility of the Variant of Concern (Delta Plus variant) which has been detected in the cases in Meghalaya.”

However, the Meghalaya Government is yet go on record and make the facts public. 

This correspondent tried to contact Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to get his reaction on the matter, but his number was not reachable.

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The letter from the Meghalaya Health Department to the DCs was in relation to make Rapid Antigent Tests (RAT) mandatory in all the health centres in the State.

If the contents of this letter are to be believed, a serious question comes to the fore: Is the Meghalaya Government trying to hide facts? If so, why?