- The mutated strain of Covid-19, listed as variant of concern, can spread faster and may potentially reduce monoclonal antibody response
New Delhi: India has been witnessing a steady decline in fresh cases of Covid-19, but the emergence of the Delta Plus variant is triggering concern among health experts. On Tuesday, there were 50,848 case of Covid-19. However, it is too early to cheer. At least 22 cases of the Delta Plus variant have been detected in the country so far. Health experts fear this variant will drive the third wave of the pandemic in the country.
The Delta Plus variant, which mutated from the Delta strain, has been listed as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Centre has directed the states to immediately put in place containment measures, increase testing, tracking and vaccination in places where the Delta Plus variant has been detected till now.
With launch of the mega vaccination drive across the country, daily vaccination rate has been ramped up significantly. The Union Health Ministry stated on Wednesday morning that as many as 50,848 new cases of Covid-19 had been detected in the country in 24 hours. The number of recoveries continued to be higher than the number of cases, with 68,817 patients recovering in last 24 hours. A total of 54.24 lakh vaccine doses had been administered in the last 24 hours. So far, 29.46 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country under the nation-wide vaccination drive.
Centre issues advisory to 3 states
The health ministry has stated that the Delta Plus strain has been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Palakkad and Pathanamthitta in Kerala and Bhopal and Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh.
As per the advisory issued by the ministry, this variant has increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells and may potentially reduce monoclonal antibody response.
The chief secretaries of these three states have been advised to take up immediate containment measures in the identified districts and clusters. These measures include preventing crowding, ramp up testing and tracing and increase vaccine coverage.
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