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.
Delta Plus is a mutated form of the 'Delta' variant that is largely being held responsible for fueling the second wave of coronavirus infections in India.
In the context of public discourse regarding detection of new variants, NITI Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul has reminded that the newly detected 'Delta Plus' variant is not yet classified as a Variant of Concern (VOC).
The variant was observed in Europe in March and has been notified and brought into public domain on 13 June this month.