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Covid-19 India Update: New Delta Variant AY.4.2 Cases detected in MP, Maharashtra

The number of fresh Coronavirus infections has been steadily declining in India but the possibility of a third wave emerges with the detection of a new variant in the country. The Covid-19 situation in India is under control for the past 2 months.

But, few states have started witnessing a surge in new Covid-19 cases in the post-festive week. West Bengal, Assam, and Himachal Pradesh reported up to 40% spike in new Covid-19 cases last week. 

However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 25 Oct claimed that the fresh infections in the state are from mostly among those who have been fully vaccinated but their immunity after being administered both doses is not exceeding six months. West Bengal has in the last four days witnessed a sudden surge in the number of Covid-19 cases post-Durga Puja festivities.

India’s Covid genomic surveillance project is on high alert after cases of a sublineage of SARS CoV 2’s delta variant have been detected in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. 

As per reports, the AY.4.2 variant is a sub-lineage of the Delta variant and seven new cases have already been detected in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city. 

Overall, researchers have reported 20 detected cases thus far.

Experts have reportedly said that this new variant may not be a cause of worry for India at the moment, but warned not to let the guard down against Covid-19 during the ongoing festival season.

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