Tuesday, August 3, 2021

21 cases of Delta plus variant found in Maharashtra, says State Health Minister

Maharashtra Government has informed that 21 cases of Delta plus variant were found in the state. Maharashtra’s Health Minister Rajesh Tope yesterday said, of these cases, nine are from Ratnagiri, seven are from Jalgaon and two from Mumbai and one each from Thane, Palghar and Sindhudurg district.

The Minister informed that the State Government took a decision on genome sequencing and 100 samples were collected from every district since 15th of last month. He said, 21 cases have been found after collection of over 7,500 samples from the different districts.

Mr. Tope added that as a further course of action, detailed information like the travel and health history Corona virus infection and vaccination in respect of these 21 index cases would be collected and further analysis would be undertaken. He also stated that agressive contact tracing would also be carried out with reference to these 21 index cases.

The Minister said, Influenza-like illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) will also undertake survey analysis in the regions where Delta plus variant’s samples were found. He said, as per the preliminary information, the nature of mutation of Delta plus varient is that it takes longer time to spread the infection while it is more fatal in nature. The study on whether the variant escapes the vaccination is yet to come up, he added.

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