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Covid: ‘Delta plus’ is not a variant of concern yet, says govt | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry on Tuesday said that “Delta plus” is not a variant of concern yet and that it has to track its progress and learn more about it.

“Delta variant played major role in second wave. An additional mutation of this variant, known as Delta Plus, has been detected and submitted to global data system. It has been seen in Europe since March and was brought into public domain on June 13,” said Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog during a press briefing.

“Delta Plus is a variant of interest. It has not yet been classified as a variant of concern. As per data available in public domain, this variant nullifies the use of monoclonal antibody. We will study and learn more about this variant,” he added.

The highly infectious Delta variant (B.1.617.2) of Covid-19 that first surfaced in India is feared to have mutated into a more virulent version called AY.1 or Delta Plus — one that is possibly capable of resisting even the monoclonal antibodies cocktail currently being prescribed as a cure.

The government further said there has been an almost 85 per cent decline in daily Covid-19 cases since the highest reported peak on May 7 and currently, there are 20 states and UTs where active cases are less than 5,000.

During the second wave of the pandemic, the government said, about 11.62 per cent cases were seen in the below 20 years age group, while it was 11.31 per cent during the first wave.

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