The Ministry of Health of the India In an official statement, it alerted three states in the country about the Delta plus variant, which was detected in several districts, and classified it as a variant of concern (VOC, for its acronym in English). This new mutation of the variante Delta original It is already generating concern in the country for fear of a third wave of coronavirus.

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In an official statement, the Union Ministry of Health advised the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh on the measures to take to face the Delta plus variant after registering “sequenced samples of the genome” in six districts.

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The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genetics Consortium (INSACOG) included the new variant, which was initially incorporated into the Variants of Interest (VOI) group, in the variant of concern (VOC) group, in which are the strains that alarm the world – Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta-.

The characteristics attributed to the mutation are: higher transmissibility, stronger binding to lung cell receptors, and a potential reduction in the monoclonal antibody response.

“The Union Ministry of Health has informed Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh that Public Health Response measures, while generally remaining the same as previously implemented, must be more focused and effective,” the statement warned.

“The Chief Secretaries of the States were recommended to take immediate containment measures in the districts and clusters (identified by INSACOG), including prevention of crowds and intermixing of people, generalized testing, rapid tracking and vaccine coverage in a manner priority, ”the ad added.

Likewise, they were recommended to immediately send samples from infected patients to laboratories designated by INSACOG in order to establish “clinical-epidemiological” correlations and to be able to design a strategy more focused on each State.

The Delta plus variant is technically called B.1.617.2.1 and is a mutation of the Delta version. While the latter was first identified in India last year, “the Delta plus variant was first detected in Europe in March this year and is giving the Indian authorities chills,” explains the Indian media India. Today in an article about this virus.

This mutation of the virus is for now a mystery and is being studied by experts to define its behavior and incidence, which according to the note, scientists believe that it could even be more transmissible than the Delta variant.

Source: “La Nación” of Argentina / GDA

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