The Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus has been declared by India as the one of concern, as more than two dozen cases have been detected in three states.
Twenty-two cases being detected in the country. Out of these, 16 were reported from Maharashtra alone, while the remaining from Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. India is among the nine countries where the Delta Plus variant has been detected.
Looking into the matter, the Ministry of Health on June 22 shared the details of characteristics of Delta Plus variant. It said the new variant has three characteristics — increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, and potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response.
Accordingly, Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh have been advised to promptly send adequate samples of positive persons to designated laboratories of INSACOG so that clinical epidemiological correlations can be made.
The chief secretaries of the three states have been advised to take up immediate containment measures in the districts and clusters, including preventing crowds and intermingling of people, widespread testing, prompt tracing as well as vaccine coverage on a priority basis.