- In India, three states have reported cases of the delta plus variant.
- Delta plus, also known as the ‘AY.1′ variant or B.1.617.2.1, is expected to be the most dangerous Covid-19 variant.
- However, as per the Central government, Delta Plus is currently a variant of interest; it is not yet a variant of concern.
India is still battling the second wave of Covid-19, but the number of cases is decreasing. The spread of the Delta variation, which has mutated into a different strain known as Delta Plus, has been reported in three states. So, could the Delta Plus strain be a cause for concern? However, according to the Centre, Delta Plus is currently simply a variant of interest, not a concern.
“This variant is of interest that hasn’t yet been classified as a variant of concern. A variant of concern is when we realise that an increase in transmissibility and severity will have negative consequences to humanity. This is not known yet about the Delta plus variant,” V K Paul, a member of the NITI Aayog’s Health Member had stated.
“However, the effect and change of Delta plus must be monitored scientifically through our INSACOG system. “We need to detect this, and we need to observe its prevalence in the country,” he stated.
In India, cases of the delta plus variant have been reported in three states: Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh.
According to health minister Rajesh Tope, there have been 21 cases of the Delta Plus Covid variant. “Maharashtra has made a decision on genomic sequencing and has begun the process of collecting 100 samples from each district, with the help of the CSIR and the IGIB. NCDC is also on board. Since May 15, a total of 7,500 samples had been squeezed. There have been roughly 21 cases of Delta Plus detected.” Tope said to ANI.
According to a presentation delivered at a conference attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, “Delta plus” might fuel a third wave in Maharashtra.
PTI stated that samples obtained from two Kerala districts, Palakkad and Pathanamthitta, revealed at least three instances of SARS-CoV-2 Delta-plus variant have been found in Kerala. The officials said that the government had taken strict steps in these locations to prevent the virus from spreading further.
A 64-year-old woman from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, was the first to be diagnosed with the Delta plus variant. According to sources, the woman recovered in home isolation after receiving two anti-coronavirus vaccine doses.
Delta Plus Variant
B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1 strain are other names for the Delta plus variant. The fact that the Delta Plus variant is resistant to the monoclonal antibody cocktail is the most notable aspect emerging about the novel strain.