Correct Answer : Option (B) - Uttarakhand
The first case of the AY.12 sub-lineage of the Delta variant has been detected in the Kotdwar area of Pauri Garhwal district, as per CMO Dr. Manoj Sharma.
The case was detected in Kotdwar, which is a small locality in Pauri Garhwal, on August 30, 2021. The Uttarakhand state health department has issued necessary guidelines and the concerned patient has been asked to remain in home quarantine.
The health department's medical team will be monitoring the patient continuously and all the close contacts are being traced and asked to isolate themselves. The authorities have also started testing at the entry points of the Pauri Garhwal district. Overall, 15 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the district.
What is AY.12?
AY.12 sub-lineage is one of the several sub-lineages that have mutated from the Delta variant. The Delta variant also known as B.1.617.2 has given rise to several sub-lineages, which are being called as 'Delta Plus' variants.