Delta Plus variant cases on the rise in Maharashtra

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The state of Maharashtra reported ten additional cases of the Delta Plus variant. With this, the overall number of Delta Plus cases in the state has risen to 76.
According to the state health department, six new cases were recorded from Kolhapur, three from Ratnagiri, and one from Sindhudurg.
So far, five of the 76 patients have died. The death of a 63-year-old fully vaccinated woman from Mumbai was the city’s first reported death caused by the Delta Plus type.
According to the state health agency, “The results of this genetic sequencing test, delta variants are identified in more than 80% of the samples in the state, with 65 samples testing positive for Delta Plus. Except for one death in the Ratnagiri district, the rest of the Delta Plus cases are mild to moderately unwell.”
To speed up the genetic sequencing study, the Maharashtra government has entered into a deal with the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, a laboratory under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
What is Delta Plus Variant?
SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is also known as B.1.617.2 lineage or Indian variant. In late 2020, this variety was discovered in India for the first time. On May 31, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated it as a “Delta Variant.”
It is made up of mutations in the gene that codes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Delta with K417N matches to both AY.1 and AY.2 lineages. This version is known as the “Delta plus” or “Nepal variant.” It has the K417N mutation. This mutation can also be found in the Beta version. The substitution at position 417 is lysine-to-asparagine. The coronavirus variant is considered very infectious.
Delta Variant gained international attention in March 2021 due to genome sequencing by the newly formed INSACOG. Positive cases across Indian states were subjected to genome sequencing. Lineage B.1.617 was later dubbed a double mutant by the media.

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