The Delta Plus variant of coronavirus has been wreaking havoc across the world.
The Delta Plus variant is the mutated form of the Delta variant, earlier found in India. The Delta variant has so far been found in 85 countries, according to health experts, and has been the driving force behind a surge in infection in South Africa.
Earlier this month, the WHO included Delta in its list of coronavirus ‘variants of concern’.
Why Is Delta Plus Variant A Cause Of Concern?
This new variant of coronavirus, also known as AY.1, spreads almost 60 percent faster than its predecessor, the Delta variant.
Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus has spread to 12 states in the country, with Maharashtra reporting the highest number of cases at 22, the Centre said on Friday. The government said there are now 51 cases of Delta Plus, emphasising their number is very limited and it cannot be said that it is showing an upward trend.
Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR’s) director-general Balaram Bhargava said the Delta Plus variant has now been reported in 12 countries and that it has been found in 12 states in India but is very localised. “Delta Plus variant has also been isolated and cultured at ICMR-NIV and laboratory tests to check vaccine effect on Delta Plus variant. We should have these results within 7-10 days whether the vaccine is working against the Delta Plus,” Bhargava said.
Cases On The Rise
Bangladesh announced that it would impose a new national lockdown from Monday over the variant, with offices shut for a week and only medical-related transport allowed.
New Zealand, citing “multiple outbreaks” in Australia, announced a three-day suspension of its quarantine-free travel arrangement with its larger neighbour.
WHO Warns as Delta Variant Spreads Across World
Sounding an alert over the deadly Delta variant of coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged fully vaccinated people across the world to continue wearing face masks, follow social distancing and other safety protocols to prevent the virus from spreading across the world.
The Delta variant, first identified in India and the cause of the country’s horrific second wave of the pandemic, is “the most transmissible of the variants identified so far”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.
(With Agency Inputs)