Delta Plus Variant in Maharashtra: Variant of Concern

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Delta Plus Variant in Maharashtra
Delta Plus Variant in Maharashtra

Coronavirus Updates: 40 cases of the Delta Plus Covid strain have come to light in India so far. It is being considered highly infectious and the government tagging it as a “Variant of Concern”. Let’s know more about Delta Plus Variant in Maharashtra and why is this being tagged as a Variant of Concern?

Delta Plus Variant in Maharashtra

Mumbai: 21 cases of the Delta plus have been found in Maharashtra. The highest 9 cases od this new variant of COVID-19 have been reported in Ratnagiri, followed by 7 in Jalgaon, 2 in Mumbai, and one case each in Sindhudurg, Palghar and Thane districts, Rajesh Tope told reporters on Monday.

As per the latest updates and researches, this new variant of covid-19 – Delta Plus is being considered highly infectious and that is why the government is tagging it as a “Variant of Concern”.

If talking about the whole country status of this new variant of Covid-19, there are 40 cases identified in India. 21 Delta Plus Variant Cases in Maharastra and the remaining cases of Covid variant have come to light in Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.

What is the Delta plus variant of COVID-19?

The latest Delta plus COVID-19 variant is a result of a mutation in the Delta or B.1.617.2 variant, that one of the drivers of the deadly second wave in India. There is no information yet of the severity of the disease due to Delta plus. It is resistant to the monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment recently authorised in India for COVID-19 treatment.

INSACOG has told that the new variant has properties of increased transmissibility, potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response and stronger binding to receptors of lung cells.

Delta Plus may trigger 3rd Wave in Maharashtra

Last week, the Maharashtra health department said the newly known ‘Delta plus’ variant may trigger a 3rd wave in the state.

Thackeray directed officials to be ready to deal with any situation in terms of the availability of beds, medicines and other necessary resources.

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