Mumbai Records First Fatality From Delta Plus Mutation of Sars-CoV-2

Maharashtra State authorities two days ago had said that 20 new cases of the Delta Plus variety had been discovered in the state on Wednesday alone

According to a civic official, Mumbai recorded its first death related to the Delta Plus variant of coronavirus, with a 63-year-old fully vaccinated woman dying in July. At least two of her acquaintances have been identified afflicted with the Delta Plus strain, which is considered extremely infectious.

The Delta Plus (AY.1) is a mutation of Sars-CoV-2 (B.1.617.2)’s highly transmissible Delta variant that was discovered in Maharashtra during the catastrophic second wave. It was labelled as a variation of concern by the union health ministry in June.

This is the second death in Maharashtra caused by this variant; on June 13, an 80-year-old woman from Ratnagiri district. Officials reported the woman had not received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

Delta Plus case

The Business Express reports, in the recent case, the woman from Ghatkopar, of eastern Mumbai suburb, died on July 27 while receiving treatment in a hospital ICU. However, the state government authorities were informed on August 11 that she was infected with the Delta Plus variant, which was discovered in the genome sequencing report, according to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official.

The Maharashtra authorities two days ago had said that 20 new cases of the Delta Plus variety had been discovered in the state on Wednesday alone, with seven of them in Mumbai. According to a statement released by the state’s health department recently, the total number of patients infected with this variant in the state has increased to 65.

According to the report, seven of the newly discovered cases were in Mumbai, three in Pune, two in Nanded, Gondia, Raigad, and Palghar, and one in Chandrapur Akola districts. Three of the seven patients who tested positive for the Delta Plus strain in Mumbai were vaccinated entirely, while one received only the first dose.

The lethal second wave of the coronavirus was driven by the Delta strain, is exhausting the country’s health infrastructure and leaving millions in critical need of hospital beds, oxygen, medicines, and vaccine. Hence, it will be interesting to see how the states will battle this concerning variant of Sars-CoV-2 over time.

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