Mumbai: A total of 21 cases of the highly transmissible “Delta plus” variant of SARS-CoV-2, the mutanted version of the Delta variant have been reported in Maharashtra, health minister Rajesh Tope revealed on June 21.
He then went on to add that out of the 21 cases, nine were reported from Jalgaon in Ratnagiri. Meanwhile, seven were from Mumbai and one each from Palghar, Thane and Sindhudurg.
“Maharashtra has taken a decision regarding genomic sequencing and started the process of taking 100 samples from each district and CSIR and IGIB have been involved in this important process. NCDC is also cooperating. Since May 15, 7,500 samples have been taken and squeezed. In which about 21 cases of Delta Plus have been found,” Tope said.
The health minister also said that the COVID-19 vaccination status and travel history of the patients are currently being ascertained.
“Further action is being taken in these cases so that complete information of these index cases is being taken,” he added.
The first case of the Delta plus variant was reported in a 64-year-old woman from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh who recovered under home isolation.
India on Monday (June 21) crossed the 28 crore figure in vaccination doses across the country according to the date of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of 28,00,36,898 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 am on June 21. Out of this, 30,39,996 doses were given in the last 24 hours alone, lower than the previous day’s tally of 38,10,554 doses administered.
The liberalised and accelerated phase-3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination has come into force from May 1, 2021 after which everyone above the age of 18 was eligible to receive a vaccine shot.