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India confirms 70 cases of Delta Plus variant

  • Published at 06:08 pm July 30th, 2021

India reported 44,230 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the highest in three weeks.

Seventy cases of coronavirus Delta Plus variant were found in genome sequencing, an Indian minister informed the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, on Friday.

The INSACOG, a grouping of 28 laboratories, found the variant after 58,240 samples of SARS-CoV2 were sequenced in the country so far and of these, 46,124 were analysed, reports the PTI.

Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh said a majority of these samples — 17,169 — were of Delta variant.

India reported 44,230 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the highest in three weeks.

The Delta variant of SARS-CoV2 was behind the deadly second wave in the country that killed thousands and infected lakhs from March to May. It is also driving the pandemic in different parts of the world. This variant of coronavirus was first detected in India.

There were 4,172 cases of the Alpha variant, followed by 217 of Beta and just one of Gamma. 

"A total of 70 Delta Plus strains have been found as on July 23," Singh said. 

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The Delta Plus variant – also known as B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1 – contains a new mutation in the spike protein the virus uses to enter human cells, called K417N.

In Maharashtra, 23 cases of Delta Plus variant were detected, followed by 11 in Madhya Pradesh, 10 in Tamil Nadu, four in Chandigarh, three each in Kerala and Karnataka, two each in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and one each in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu, Rajasthan, Odisha and Himachal Pradesh. 

In a statement on July 19, the INSACOG said there is currently no evidence of any new Delta sub-lineage that is of greater concern than Delta. 

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