New Delta Plus Variant Deaths in Maharashtra is Worrisome

    Three deaths were reported so far today in Maharashtra due to the Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus. The deaths were from Ratnagiri, Mumbai, and Raigad districts. This news follows after the Maharashtra health department on Wednesday said that cases of Delta Plus variant have reached 65 in the state.

    The deceased in the Raigad district on Friday was a 69-year-old man in the Nagothane area of the district, Raigad collector Nidhi Chaudhary was cited as saying news Asian News International.

    Delta Variant Plus Deaths in Maharastra Reported

    According to the civic body, Mumbai has recorded its first death due to the Delta Plus variant with a 63-year-old fully vaccinated woman succumbing to it in July. The woman had several comorbidities, including diabetes. She was one of seven patients in the city who recently tested positive for the Delta Plus variant, according to initial information provided by the civic health officials.

    Last month, an 80-year-old woman from Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district became the first Covid-19 patient in the state to succumb to the Delta Plus variant.

    Mumbai Latest Update on COVID19 cases

    The Delta Plus (AY.1) is a mutation of the highly transmissible Delta variant of Sars-CoV-2 (B.1.617.2). It was detected in Maharashtra during the second wave of coronavirus. The Union health ministry declared it as a variant of concern in July.

    Amid growing cases of Delta Plus in Maharashtra, which currently stands at 65, medical experts have stressed the need to ramp up the Covid-19 vaccination process.

    Suchitra Ella, joint managing director of Bharat Biotech, on Thursday, said that Covaxin has shown 65 percent efficacy against the B.1.617.2 or the Delta variant. “Supplied 75 million doses of Covaxin, more to be supplied in August. Our vaccine has 65 per cent efficacy against Delta. Our second site is at its Ankleshwar-based manufacturing plant. Sample batches are ready, it will go to CDL Kasauli this month for quality testing,” news agency ANI quoted Ella as saying.


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