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First Delta Plus Death In Fully Vaccinated Woman In Mumbai Has Been Reported, Here’s All You Need To Know

Mumbai records its first death from Delta Plus Covid variant. The 63-year-old victim was and fully vaccinated, but had severe comorbidities, including diabetes. In India, 86 cases of Delta plus have been reported in India so far. NDTV speaks with experts to know this further

First Delta Plus Death In Fully Vaccinated Woman In Mumbai Has Been Reported, Here’s All You Need To Know

New Delhi: 63-year-old fully vaccinated woman in Mumbai was reported dead because of Delta Plus variant of COVID, she was fully vaccinated but had co-morbidities including diabetes. The patient was tested positive on July 21 and died on July 27. The patient was on oxygen support and was also administered steroids and Remdesivir and had no travel history.

What Is Delta Plus Variant Of COVID-19?

The Delta Plus variant is a mutant version of B.1.617.2 strain, which was called Delta by the World Health Organisation. Experts say the Delta strain drove the second wave of COVID-19, infecting millions and leading to the deaths of thousands.

What The Government Says On Delta Plus

This variant was first identified by the health ministry in India in April. Since then, it has slowly spread. So far, over 76 cases of Delta Plus have been reported in Maharashtra alone and across the country the cases are over 80, according to the official data presented by the health ministry.

According to the healthcare experts, there is very little evidence of how virulent the new strain is. Experts in Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states during the first and second waves, say that owing to the new variant, the third wave may come earlier than predicted.

Also Read: Delta Variant Of COVID-19 May Spread As Easily As Chickenpox, Cause More Severe Infection: Reports

How Dangerous Is The New Delta Plus Variant?

According to an official statement, the Delta Plus Variant has shown:

– Increased transmissibility
– Stronger binding to receptors of lung cells
– Potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response

According to the experts and health officials, Delta Plus variant is known as the variant that may escape immune response that means if a person has antibodies against COVID-19, this variant can still infect the individual with the disease.

So, how should India be looking at this, should it be a cause or worry, can Delta Plus variant affect India’s fight against the virus?

Dr Mahesh Lakhe, Columbia Asia Hospital, said,

First we need to understand the fact that vaccines are not 100 per cent effective. Of course, they are going to reduce the severity of the disease, but these are not foolproof, especially for people who have chronic diseases. So, yes, people can get infected with the virus even when they are fully vaccinated.

Dr Anjan Trikha, AIIMS, Chairperson, Clinical Managerial Group added,

Yes, these developments are worrisome. But we knew about this fact from day one of our fight against coronavirus. In the past also, we had few patients who lost their life because of COVID even when they were fully vaccinated. Mutations will continue to happen every day, every month and one may get infected with the mutated virus, which will be more severe than the classic version. It should come as an eye opener for general public, and they should know that getting both the jabs doesn’t mean they are 100 per cent protected. They still need to be careful and be safe and they just cannot stop following all the COVID appropriate precautions.

Also Read: COVID-19 Infections Rise, Delta Variant Spreads To 132 Countries: WHO

He further said that we still don’t know much about the Delta, Delta Plus or all the other variants that are there out in the world. Dr Trikha added,

We don’t know what these variants will do to the patients after one year, more research is definitely needed and is happening, we will get to know about these variants in details in few months.

Highlighting about Delta Plus variant which might have started to transmit locally, Dr Mahesh Lakhe said,

I think, to say this, we will need more studies and research on the same. The same pattern was seen when Delta cases were beginning to be reported in India and few months down the line, we got to know that it is one of the major strains of COVID-19, which has been transmitted across the world. The bottom line here is that till the time we have the virus in the air, these strains will continue to happen, and we cannot predict how deadly or non-deadly these will be.

Also Read: Third Covid Wave May Occur Either Due To Mutations In Virus Or Pool Of Susceptible Population: Government

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World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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