Around 50 cases of Delta Plus variant have been reported in the country so far. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that this variant has been observed in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, , Odisha, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka.
The Delta plus variant [B.1.617.2.1/ (AY.1) is characterized by the K417N mutation in Spike protein. The Health Ministry has said, the role of AY.1’s role in immune escape, disease severity or increased transmissibility is under continued surveillance.
Meanwhile, Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan has written to the Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, and Haryana to step up containment and contact tracing to prevent the spread of Delta Plus variant. It has been asked to take up containment and preventive measures in affected districts on a priority basis. Earlier a letter was written to the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala to take steps to contain the spread of Delta Plus Variant.