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Covid-19: Delta Plus variant identified in India

Update : 25 Oct 2021, 04:48 PM

Researchers have identified the presence of the new Delta Plus or AY 4.2 variant of the coronavirus in India.

The variant, which is currently suspected to be a gradual surge in cases in the United Kingdom and Israel, is presumably more contagious than the Delta variant that battered India earlier this year.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) researchers are currently monitoring the variant but don’t see it as a cause of concern yet.

According to INSACOG, only 20-30 cases or less than 0.1% of the cases sequenced in India have been identified with the AY.4.2 sublineage of the Delta variant, reports the Economic Times.

INSACOG is a forum under the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that studies and monitors genome sequencing and virus variation of circulating strains of Covid-19 in India.

According to INSACOG Lead Scientist Anurag Agarwal of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, the number of cases is too low to be a current problem.

He added it’s too early to conclude whether the sub variant has a real growth advantage.

More than 15,000 cases of the Delta Plus variant have been identified in the UK and the country has termed it "variant under investigation."

According to Agarwal, more than 30 sub-lineages of the Delta Plus variant are already being counted but none of the new ones were consistently faster in transmission than the Delta, according to the Economic Times report.

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