Madhya Pradesh has reported its first case where a COVID-19 patient has been infected with the ‘Delta Pus’ variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is the virus that causes COVID-19. The Delta Plus variant has been detected in a woman in Bhopal. She and her family members have presently tested negative for the viral infection. The local authorities in Bhopal are on alert following the detection of the virus. According to reports, only six cases of Delta plus variant were detected in the country so far.
It should be noted that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already reclassified the Delta strain of coronavirus, first found in India and mostly responsible for the deadly second wave, as a variant of concern, based on evidence that it is more transmissible Medical education minister Vishwas Sarang said officials are examining the contact details of the woman and her family members, and the people whom they came in contact are being traced. In May, the World Health Organisation tagged B.1.617.2 strain of the virus as the ‘Delta’ variant. The variant was identified as one of the drivers of the second wave of coronavirus infections in India. The ‘Delta’ variant has further mutated to form the ‘Delta Plus’ or ‘AY.1’ variant. Public Health England, in its latest report on coronavirus variants, said the Delta Plus variant was identified in six genomes from India as of June 7. On the other new ‘Delta Plus’ variant, NITI Aayog Member (Health) VK Paul said it is not yet classified as a variant of concern.