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Assam Doctor becomes first patient to have contracted both Alpha and Delta variants of Covid simultaneously

Guwahati: A female doctor from Assam has become the first patient in India to be infected by two different variants of Covid-19 simultaneously. The doctor has been infected by both Alpha and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2.

Confirming the news, Dr Biswajyoti Borkakoty, nodal officer at the ICMR Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) at Lahowal, Dibrugarh said to a national daily that a lady doctor was infected by two different variants of the coronavirus at the same time. The lady doctor was vaccinated with both doses.”

The senior officer stated that the woman had tested positive for Covid-19 after her husband.

“When we tested her samples in our laboratory, we found that she was infected by both Alpha and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2 at the same time. Her husband was infected by the Alpha variant. The samples of the doctor were collected twice to ascertain and reconfirm the double infection. It is, hence, confirmed that she was infected by both variants at the same time,” Dr Biswajyoti Borkakoty said.

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