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To tackle ‘Delta Plus’ variant, Maharashtra likely to impose uniform restrictions across the state

21 cases of Delta Plus variant of coronavirus have been found in seven districts of Maharashtra.

The Maharashtra government is likely to reinstate uniform restrictions across the state amid threat from ‘Delta Plus’, tagged by the Union government as a ‘Variant of Concern’.

Maharashtra state cabinet was briefed on the new variant by the state health ministry, with experts raising serious concerns over its presence.

The state has reported 21 cases of the variant in seven districts, with Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope saying that the government is isolating such cases and taking all details like travel history, contact tracing and if they have been vaccinated.

No deaths caused due to the Delta Plus variant in Maharashtra

“We have decided to send the samples for the genome sequence study. No deaths have been caused due to the Delta Plus variant. Symptoms and treatment are the same for this variant. No children have been infected with this variant,” he added.

The state health ministry has expressed concern that the Delta Plus variant may escape antibodies and may affect people who have already been vaccinated.

Tope has also directed officials that the Delta Plus variant cases should be monitored closely, and information about these cases should be collected and recorded for study.

According to Union Health Ministry, the Delta Plus variant has increased transmissibility, binds to the receptors of lung cells strongly and reduces monoclonal antibody response.

ICMR, NIV conducting a study to see if Delta Plus variant can be neutralised with vaccine

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV) is also conducting a study to see if the existing COVID-19 vaccines could neutralise the new, more potent variant of coronavirus,

On Tuesday, Union Health Ministry wrote to the chief secretaries of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala and requesting them to take up immediate containment measures after cases of Delta Plus variant were found from there.

In his letter, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan requested the chief secretaries to take up immediate containment measures in these districts and clusters, including preventing crowds and intermingling of people, widespread testing, prompt tracing, and vaccination on a priority basis.

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