- The cases were detected from among 45,000 samples that were sequenced, says Union health ministry
New Delhi: The Delta Plus variant, which had been listed as a variant of concern (VOC) by the Centre, has made its entry into Gujarat. According to the Union Health Ministry, two cases of Covid-19 with presence of the Delta Plus variant have been found in Gujarat.
With this, the country has a total of 48 cases of the strain. The cases have been detected from 45,000 samples that were sequenced.
The ministry said that the cases are spread across 10 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Rajasthan and Karnataka as well as Jammu.
Maharashtra has 20, the highest among all states.
Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh of National Centre for Disease Control, while explaining genome sequencing, clarified that the ‘plus’ in the name of Delta Plus does not denote more virulence.
Maharashtra reports first death related to Delta Plus
The state, which also has the maximum number of Delta Plus variant cases, reported its first death related to the mutated strain on Friday. The deceased was an 80-year-old woman with co-morbidities, according to state health minister Rajesh Tope.
Maharashtra govt goes back to restrictions
Following detection of 21 cases of Delta Plus, the Maharashtra government on Friday imposed level three Covid restrictions across the state.
“Given that the virus causing COVID-19 is undergoing mutations in various geographies and that these mutations are displaying more transmissibility and potential reductions in monoclonal antibody response, a state-level trigger mandating all the administrative units—irrespective of values of the indices of weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy percentage—to remain at a level not below three is to be in operation till withdrawn by specific order of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA),” read an order by the state government.
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