India has recorded 20 cases of coronavirus caused by a new strain — Delta plus.
A new variant of the coronavirus was recorded in four districts in the state of Maharashtra, The Hindustan Times reports.
Strain samples were sent for genome sequencing to find out if a new variant of the coronavirus is dominant.
At the same time, CSIR-IGIB (Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology) prepared a report based on patient samples from all areas of the state. However, the content of the report will be discussed at a meeting on June 28, and only after that the government will draw conclusions regarding the danger of the strain.
Subsequently, the strain was recorded in two more states—Kerala in the south of the country and Madhya Pradesh in the central part of India.
Experts in India assume that Delta plus, due to mutations first identified in a virus variant from South Africa, may resist the vaccine and acquired immunity. However, experts say that there is no evidence of a greater contagiousness of the new strain yet.
At the same time, the Maharashtra state government has warned that the Delta Plus strain could cause a third wave of COVID-19 in the region if the population does not adhere to safety measures.
Context. In March 2021, the first cases of coronavirus were recorded in India. They were caused by strain with a double mutation. Subsequently, it was called Delta. In addition to being highly contagious, it can also cause severe complications such as gangrene.
This strain also caused an outbreak of the coronavirus in the UK.
In addition, the WHO called the strain dangerous on a global scale.