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.