Delta Plus Variant: Tension due to 22 cases in 3 states, Ministry of Health issued advisory, read- how the government came into active mode

Delta Plus Variant: Tension due to 22 cases in 3 states, Ministry of Health issued advisory, read- how the government came into active mode

The government on Tuesday said that 22 cases of delta plus variant of corona virus have been detected in India, out of which 16 cases are from Maharashtra, the remaining cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that India is one of the nine countries where the Delta Plus variant has been found so far. The Health Ministry has called it the ' Variants of Concern ' and has identified three features of the Delta Plus variant. Delta Plus has the ability to spread the virus, blocking the receptors of lung cells, potentially reducing the monoclonal antibody response.

He said that the Delta variant has been detected in 80 countries. Apart from India, the Delta Plus variant of the corona virus has been found in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China and Russia. Cases of the Delta Plus variant have been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon in Maharashtra, parts of Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. Bhushan said that the prevalence and severity of any variant determines whether it is a worrying variant or not. The Delta variant has been found in 80 countries across the world including India and this is a matter of concern.

we don't want it to increase

He said, 'Delta Plus variants have been detected in nine countries including India, 22 cases of Delta Plus have been found in India. He said that the Health Ministry has issued an advisory that Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala should take initiative to resolve the issue. He said that right now it looks very small in terms of numbers and we do not want it to increase.

28 Labs Finding It Out

Bhushan said that INSACOG has 28 labs and they have sequenced 45,000 samples. Out of these, 22 cases of Delta Plus variant were reported. The Indian SARS CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) is a group of National Labs, constituted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. INSACOG is tracing new variants of the virus and their relationship to the pandemic.

Both vaccines are effective against

Bhushan said that broadly speaking, both Indian vaccines - Covishield and Covaccine - are effective against the delta variant, but to what extent and in what proportion they produce antibodies, information will be shared very soon. On the overall situation of the pandemic in the country, NITI Aayog Member (Health) VK Paul said that the pandemic situation is improving steadily, but stressed that people should continue to follow the COVID-19 appropriate behavior and avoid crowd and Parties should be avoided. He said that vaccination will have to be increased.

90 percent of the cases declined

He said that the number of districts having more than 100 daily cases has come down from 531 (in the week ending May 20) to 135 which is reassuring. He said, "But the easing of restrictions increases our responsibility…." Bhushan said that there has now been a decline of about 90 percent as compared to the maximum number of cases reported on May 7.


The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.