The health crisis caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to give cause for concern, especially since the appearance of the Indian variant Delta. This, which wreaked havoc in India, has spread around the world, particularly France, the United States and the United Kingdom. While authorities are working hard to overcome this variant, a mutation of the Delta variant, the Delta Plus, was recently discovered in India.
It would stick more to lung cells and receptors
On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021, Indian authorities announced that the “Delta + K417N” had been discovered in six Indian states. The Minister of Health also announced on Wednesday June 23 that three of the latter, namely Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra, will be placed on alert. Note that after several analyzes, the scientists found that the Delta Plus has three specific properties. In fact, it would be more resistant to treatment of the coronavirus with monoclonal antibodies, would be more attached to lung cells and receptors, and would be more contagious than the strain. The researchers also suspect a transferability of more than 60% compared to the British variant Alpha.
“A small fraction of the delta sequences”
In light of this information, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) prefers to remain cautious. In an interview with UK media Reuters, the organization said: “This variant does not seem to be common and currently only represents a small fraction of Delta footage. But Delta and the other very worrisome variants pose a higher public health risk as they have been shown to increase transmission ”. The WHO vision is shared by the Indian virologist Gagandeep Kang. She believes there is no data to label the Delta Plus as “worrying”.
“We need to examine a few hundred patients with this disease and variant and see if they are at higher risk of disease than the ancestral variant,” she added.
BREAKING: India’s Ministry of Health describes Delta Plus, a new mutation in the Delta coronavirus variant, as a worrying variant pic.twitter.com/8QZrqIpCiW
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Since the # SARSCoV2 virus is constantly mutating around the world, a constant vigil is also maintained in India.
INSACOG has proactively tracked the prevalence of variants such as Delta plus in the country and provided regular updates to contain their spread. @ PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA pic.twitter.com/ZsZAikF5xq
– Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 23, 2021 View comments