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India Warns About “Delta Plus” COVID-19 Variant

INDIA – Amid a more challenging fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the country announced a new variant of concern – the Delta Plus.

One of the countries hit hard by COVID-19 is India. Another spike in its cases took place in the first quarter of 2021 and it led to their hospitals reaching their full capacities for coronavirus patients.

It was a very unfortunate situation for the people. Their doctors even pleaded for help through social media as they can no longer accommodate and treat all the patients going to the hospitals. They ran out of oxygen and other supplies needed for the treatment.

Some patients had to stay inside the vehicles as the hospitals can no longer accommodate them. Thousands of people died of COVID-19 amid the surge in the cases.

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A variant of COVID-19, the Delta, was detected in India. The World Health Organization (WHO) tagged it as a variant of concern. Many countries temporarily ban travelers from Indian communities to prevent the entry of the said coronavirus variant.

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However, recently, another variant of concern was detected in India. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, their Health Department identified the said variant as the “Delta Plus”.

Federal Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan expressed that 16 cases of the Delta Plus variant were detected in the state of Maharashta. According to him, the said variant showed faster transmissibility. The health official advised the states to increase their testing.

Free COVID-19 vaccine shots were offered to the adults. A total of 8.6 people in the country was vaccinated against coronavirus but the experts doubt that the said vaccination pacing can be sustained. Chandrakant Lahariya stressed that several states consumed their vaccine stocks with just one-day drives.

According to the health expert, the maximum daily achievable rate based on the current supply eyed for the next few months s four (4) to five (5) million doses. The country is one of the biggest supplier of the vaccine.

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