New Delhi: 48 cases of Delta Plus variant of Corona have been found in 11 states of the country. The government said that the spread of 21 cases identified from Maharashtra is highly localised. Maharashtra has so far reported the highest number of cases of Kovid infection.
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Balram Bhargava has said that Delta-Plus is present in 12 countries. The proportion of cases of variant of concern has increased from 10.3 per cent in May to 51 per cent in June. Bhargava, however, said that the lab’s findings show that both Covaccine and Covishield are effective against alpha, beta, gamma and delta variants. Covaccine resulted in a three-fold reduction in neutralizing antibody levels and a two-fold reduction in Covishield . The shortfall in Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine is at least seven times. He said the comparison may not be accurate as vaccines have different levels of efficacy.
Health Ministry asks states to take measures to stop infection soon
Apart from Maharashtra, this new variant has also been found in many other states. These include Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Rajasthan and Karnataka. The Health Ministry on Friday asked these states to immediately pursue preventive measures, including overcrowding in specific districts, to prevent more people-to-people interactions, including widespread testing, early tracing as well as immunization coverage.
Testing the effectiveness of the vaccine against the Delta Plus variant
According to INSACOG’s Genome Sequencing Report, the delta-plus variant, categorized as a Variant of Concern (VoC), showed increased transmission efficiency, stronger binding to the receptors of lung cells and a potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response is. Officials said that due to the new Delta-Plus variant, further investigation is on to monitor infection, disease severity, re-infection and efficacy of vaccines, drugs. Bhargava said that “the effectiveness of the vaccines against the delta-plus variant is also being tested and the results are expected in 7-10 days.”
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