The Delta variant of the coronavirus has been seen for the first time in a 10-year-old boy in Bajura. According to Bajura District Hospital, the patient was referred to Kathmandu after he couldn't be treated locally.

Initially, he was tested at the district hospital using antigen method.

As he tested negative, he received treatment for pneumonia for about four days. As he couldn't be treated, he was referred to Dhagadi, from where he was referred to Kathmandu.

According to Bajura District Hospital's Chief Dr Prakashraj Joshi, the boy was diagnosed with the delta variant of COVID-19 during treatment in Kathmandu.

"As of now, we don't know whether he was infected by the virus in Bajura itself or he picked up the virus while being moved from one place to another for treatment," said the doctor, adding that preparations were on to collect the swab samples of everyone who has come in contact with the child.

According to the kin of the boy, he has been discharged now after being treated in a ventilator for a few days in Kathmandu.

At present, nine other children are said to be undergoing treatment for pneumonia-related symptoms at Bajura District Hospital.

They are being treated with the aid of oxygen.

"We had collected and sent the swab samples of 13 persons to Doti. Of them, a six-year-old kid tested positive," said the hospital's Information Officer Nriparaj Giri. The Delta variant of COV- ID-19 was first seen in India at the beginning of this year. After that, it has spread to over 98 countries in the world.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 6 2021, of The Himalayan Times.