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Delta Plus variant toll reaches five, total 66 cases in Maharashtra

Two deaths were reported from Ratnagiri while Mumbai, Beed and Raigad have reported one death each due to the Delta Plus variant. Two of the patients had been fully vaccinated with Covishield while two others had not been administered any vaccine.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai, Pune |
Updated: August 14, 2021 12:32:13 pm
A beneficiary getting vaccinated in Navi Mumbai. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Three men and two women have succumbed to Delta Plus variant of SARS-CoV2 virus, a state health department report said on Friday. All five, including a 63-year-old woman from Mumbai who died in July, were senior citizens and suffered from comorbidities.

While two deaths were reported from Ratnagiri, Mumbai, Beed and Raigad reported one death each due to the Delta Plus variant. Two persons, including the Mumbai-based woman, had been fully vaccinated with Covishield. Two others had not been administered any vaccine.

“Details of the vaccination status of one more person who has died is not available,” said Dr Pradeep Awate, state surveillance officer.

On Friday, one new case of Delta Plus variant was detected in Thane, taking the total count of such cases in the state to 66. The Thane resident, a 50-year-old woman, had mild symptoms and has recovered, health officials said.

As of now, 13 cases of Delta Plus variant have been reported from Jalgaon, followed by Ratnagiri (12), Mumbai (11), Pune and Thane (6 each), Palghar and Raigad (3 each), Gondia and Nanded (2 each) and one case each in Chandrapur, Akola, Sindhudurg, Sangli, Nandurbar, Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Beed districts. Of the 66 infected people, 33 are men while the remaining women. Maximum number of cases have been reported in the 19-45 age group (33), followed by 46-60 age group (18), above 60 years (8) and below 18 years (7). At least 31 people had very mild symptoms. Of the 66 infected, 61 have recovered, said officials.

Genomic sequencing has been actively taken up by Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortium with a network of 28 laboratories. In Maharashtra, every district sends 100 random samples for genome sequencing as part of a collaboration between CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology and the state government.

State health authorities said they have ramped up efforts to trace Delta plus variant patients. Dr Avinash Supe, who heads the state death reduction committee, said, “We have 66 cases of Delta Plus variant in the state. We are keeping an eye on the spread of variant and related deaths.”

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), meanwhile, has started a contract tracing drive to locate the close contacts of the Ghatkopar-based woman who had succumbed to the variant last month, said N ward Assistant Commissioner Sanjay Sonawane. A contact tracing drive has also been launched at Kamraj Nagar in Ghatkopar where the helper of the deceased, who had also tested positive, lives.

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