Government Alerts Three States Against The Delta Plus Variant Of COVID-19
The centre has asked the governments of Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh to start preparing for the fight against Delta Plus, the newest variant of COVID-19.
With the supposed 3rd wave of COVID-19 inching closer, India has recently reported 27 cases of the newest Delta Plus Variant of the virus. After the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh reported cases of the new variant Delta Plus, the centre has now issued a statement alerting these states against the spread of the virus. It also advised these states to take up immediate containment measures.
Calling it the ‘variant of concern’, the Union Health Ministry has advised these three states to kickstart the containment programmes in the districts where clusters of Delta Plus are found. According to a statement issued by the Union Health Ministry, sampling from COVID-19 patients has found that the virus is mainly present in the Ratnagiri and Jalgaon districts of Maharashtra, Palakkad, and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala, and Bhopal and Shivpuri districts of Madhya Pradesh.
According to the reports till Tuesday i.e. June 22, 2021, a total of 27 cases of Delta Plus has been reported in the country. Out of these 21 cases were found in Maharashtra, while 4 were found in Madhya Pradesh and 3 were reported in Kerala. Thus, these three states have been advised to start preparing for a third wave of the virus, while trying to minimise damage to life.
Experts claim that this latest mutant variant of the COVID-19 virus might be able to evade vaccines and antibodies. It is also being said that the Delta Plus Variant has increased transmissibility making it vital to control the strain in the earlier stages. Hence, experts also claim that this variant could lead to the third wave of COVID-19 coming earlier than anticipated.
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