India is still battling the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and is also struggling to contain the growing spread of the delta variant. This variant is now mutated as Delta Plus. Delta Plus also known as AY.1 variant or B.1.617.2.1, is considered to be the most dangerous variant of Covid-19.
Now cases of Delta Plus variants are being reported in these three states of the country – Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.
State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday that 21 cases of Delta Plus variant have been reported in the state. Of these, nine were from Jalgaon, seven from Mumbai and one each from Sindhudurg, Thane and Palgarh districts.
Tope said that the Maharashtra government has taken a decision regarding the genome sequence and has started the process of taking 100 samples from each district, including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB). .
“Since May 15, 7,500 samples have been taken so far, in which about 21 cases of Delta Plus have been found,” he said. Tope also said that the vaccination status and travel history of the patients are being ascertained.
Officials of the Kerala government told news agency PTI on Monday that the presence of the Delta Plus variant has been found in the samples collected from Palakkad and Pathanamath districts. Officials said that strict measures have been taken in these areas to prevent its further spread. Two people have been found infected with the variant in Palakkad, while one case has been reported in Pathanamthitta.
Pathanamthitta District Collector Dr Narasimhugari TL Reddy said on Monday that the patient is a four-year-old child of Kadapara Panchayat. This type was detected in the genetic study of the boy’s sample done in CSIR-IGIB.
The first case of the Delta Plus variant in India was reported in a 65-year-old woman from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, who was cured of Covid-19 under home isolation and was given two doses of the vaccine. His samples were taken on May 23 and a National Central for Disease Control (NCDC) report on June 16 said that he had tested positive for the variant.
However, state Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang told PTI on June 17 that a woman tested positive for the “new variant” and refused to divulge details.
According to the report, four people in Shivpuri district were found positive with the Delta Plus variant. The newspaper said that all four died due to the variant, they had also got the Covid-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has still not categorized the Delta Plus variant as “Variants of Concern”. Last week, Dr. VK Paul of NITI Aayog said that the way forward is to look at the possible presence of the variant in the country and take the right public health response.
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