16 of the 22 cases of ‘Delta Plus’ variant of Covid 19 have been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon in Maharashtra and some cases in Kerala and Madhya Pradesh according to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. But according to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope the state has 21 cases of the highly infectious Delta Plus variant.
The highest nine cases were reported in Ratnagiri, followed by seven in Jalgaon, two in Mumbai, and one case each in Palghar, Thane and Sindhudurg districts.
The Delta Plus variant has also been found in -US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China, and Russia. However, the Delta variant has been detected in 80 countries.
The Union Health Secretary further claimed that Indian vaccines, both Covishield and Covaxin are effective against the Delta variant. But to what extent & what's the proportion of antibody that they produce, the ministry will share shortly.
The new Delta plus variant has been formed due to a mutation in the Delta or B.1.617.2 variant, first identified in India. There is no indication yet of the severity of the disease due to the new variant. Delta plus is reportedly resilient to the monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment that is recently authorised in India.