The Central Government on Friday said that out of 45,000 genome samples sequenced in the country so far, 51 cases of delta plus form of Kovid-19 have been reported in 12 states and Maharashtra has the maximum number of 22 cases. At the same time, the Center emphasized that there are still “very limited” cases of this mutation and it cannot be said that it is showing an increasing trend.
National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) Director Sujit Singh said that nine cases of Delta Plus have been reported in Tamil Nadu, seven in Madhya Pradesh, three in Kerala, two each in Punjab and Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Jammu. One case each has been reported in Kashmir, Haryana and Karnataka.
Singh said in the health ministry’s media briefing, “The cases of this mutation (Delta Plus) are very limited. In India, there are very limited cases (of Delta Plus). There are around 50 cases which have come up in 12 districts and this happened in the last three months. It cannot be said that there is a trend of growth in any district or state…’
Ten institutions including NCDC are involved in genome sequencing of corona virus in the country. He said that the delta plus form is represented by the ‘plus’ sign. He said, “It does not mean that the severity of its spread is high or it can lead to more serious disease. If there is scientific evidence, we will definitely tell you about that.”
He said more than 50 per cent of the samples sequenced in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal have a delta pattern. Singh said that 90 percent of the cases of Kovid-19 in India are of B.1.617.2 (Delta) form. He said, “Worrying cases of Kovid nature have been found in 174 districts of 35 states/UTs. Most of these cases have been found in Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Telangana, West Bengal and Gujarat.
He said that the proportion of cases of worrying nature of Kovid-19 increased from 10.31 percent in May, 2021 to 51 percent in June, 2021. The government emphasized that both the vaccines of Kovid-19 – Covishield and Covaccine are effective against alpha, beta, gamma and delta forms of SARS-CoV-2.
The government said that the second wave of Kovid in India is not over yet, even now the rate of corona virus infection is more than 10 percent in 75 districts and between 5-10 percent in 92 districts. Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), while talking about the Delta Plus form, said that it is now present in 12 countries. He said that 48 cases have been reported in 10 states of Delta Plus in India and they are very local.
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