Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday that it is a matter of concern that the daily number of COVID-19 cases in the state does not fall below the 8,000-mark. He said that a study of the delta plus form of the virus indicated that it may be more dangerous than previous forms. Tope told reporters that at present the number of infection cases in the state has stopped at seven to eight thousand per day. However, when the cases were at their peak earlier, 65,000 cases of infection were being reported in a day.
He said, “It is a matter of concern for the state that the daily cases of Kovid-19 are not coming below the 8,000 level. In the last seven-eight days, about seven to eight thousand cases are coming in the state daily but this number is not going down. . Tope said that so far 21 patients of delta plus form have been found in seven districts of the state.
He said, “Separate wards have been made in hospitals for such patients. The outbreak of the Delta Plus form may be more. Studies of this form have indicated that it may be more dangerous than previous forms.
Tope said that 100-100 samples from 36 districts of Maharashtra have been sent for genome sequencing. Earlier, Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of the Maharashtra Kovid Task Force, had said that there is not enough data available about the new form and its outbreak. The new Delta Plus form of the virus has been found in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China and Russia.