As per the report, around seven cases of this new variant have been detected in Indore in a genome sequencing report which is released from the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC).
Two people among the seven infected are Army officers who were posted in the Mhow Cantonment.
This new variant Delta AY.4 has been detected in one per cent samples in the state of Maharashtra. Researchers have indicated that this new variant may be more contagious and transmissible than the delta strain and now been declared as the ‘variant under Investigation’ in the UK.
A health report said, "Delta remains the predominant variant... a Delta sub lineage newly-designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England. It is now a signal in monitoring and assessment has commenced."
AY.4.2 spreads more quickly than the dominant Delta variant and so is under close monitoring.