Maharashtra government begins proactive measures to tackle Delta Plus variant

As Maharashtra confirmed 21 cases of Delta Plus variant, the state government has commenced proactive measures to deal with the new COVID-19 strain.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday (June 23) confirmed the number of cases of Delta Plus variant that has been found in seven districts including nine in Ratnagiri, seven in Jalgaon, two in Mumbai, and one case each in Palghar, Thane and Sindhudurg districts.

“Twenty-one cases of Delta Plus variant have been found in seven districts of the state. We are isolating such cases and taking all details like travel history, contact tracing and if they have been vaccinated,” Tope told reporters.

The state minister also apprised that around 100 samples each from 36 districts of Maharashtra have been taken and sent for genome sequencing. He added that no casualties have been logged due to this new strain so far.

“We have decided to send the samples for the genome sequence study. No deaths have been caused due to the Delta Plus variant. Symptoms and treatment are the same for this variant. No children have been infected with this variant,” ANI quoted him as saying.

A separate hospital ward has been formed for the treatment of such patients, Tope said.