There are more than 40 cases of the new Covid-19 Delta Plus strain, which has been called a “variant of concern” by the government, ANI news agency reported citing government sources.
âIndia is reporting 40 cases of the Delta Plus variant of the new coronavirus, most of the cases are from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It’s always an interesting variant: from government sources, âANI said in a tweet.
On Tuesday, a statement issued by the Union Health Ministry said INSACOG had informed that the Delta Plus variant, “currently a variant of concern (VOC)”, has these characteristics – increased transmissibility, more binding. strong at lung cell receptors and a potential reduction. in the response of monoclonal antibodies.
The Union Health Ministry has informed Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu that the public health response measures, while remaining broadly the same as those they implemented previously, must become more focused and efficient.
Chief State Secretaries have been urged to take immediate containment measures in districts and clusters (as identified by INSACOG), including prevention of crowds and mixtures of people, widespread testing, tracing rapid as well as vaccination coverage as a priority.
India is among the 10 countries where the Delta Plus mutation has been found so far. Besides India, the Delta Plus variant has been found in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China and Russia.
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