Chennai: Tamil Nadu on Thursday (June 24) confirmed that it had reported its first cases of COVID-19 Delta Plus variant. A nurse has been identified as the first infected person with the new variant. INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia) had received 1,159 samples from Tamil Nadu in May for genome sequencing. It further received 772 samples from the state on Wednesday. “Of the 772 samples, one has been reported as Delta Plus variant from Chennai. It pertained to a 32-year-old lady employed as a staff nurse at a hospital,” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan told PTI.
However, he said that the situation was under control and there was no need for panic.
“We have seen the British variant and double mutant variant. There is no need to panic as of now,” he said.
Radhakrishnan emphasised that following COVID-19 protocols was still key to defeating the virus.
The new variant is currently being investigated and it has been found that it has a mutation in the spike protein which allows it to gain entry into the human body.
Kerala, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh have identified similar cases.
On Tuesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said the Delta variant is found in 80 countries around the world, including India, and it is a variant of concern.
The WHO has already stated that the Delta variant which was responsible for the brutal second wave of the pandemic in India may become the “dominant lineage” if the current infections trend continues around the world.