New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday informed that the Delta variant is now detected in 80 nations across the globe including India and the Delta Plus variant of the Coronavirus is found in 9 nations (US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China & Russia).Also Read - Chennai Corporation Increases Contact Tracing Due To Surge In Covid Infection In State

While addressing the media, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 22 cases of Delta Plus variant have been detected in India and the variant has been categorised under ‘variant of  interest’. “In India, 16 of the 22 cases of Delta Plus variant have been found in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon (Maharashtra) and some cases in Kerala and Madhya Pradesh,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said. Also Read - Virat Kohli Back as Captain or Rishabh Pant? Who Will Lead India in 5th Test vs England in Absence of COVID +ve Rohit Sharma

What Health Ministry Has Advised States That Have Reported Delta Plus Variant

  • Based on the recent findings of INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia), the Union Health Ministry has alerted and advised Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh regarding the Delta Plus variant of COVID19 being found in some districts in these states.
  • Union Health Secretary has communicated to these 3 states this variant has been found in genome sequenced samples from Ratnagiri & Jalgaon districts of Maharashtra; Palakkad & Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala; & Bhopal and Shivpuri districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Union Health Ministry has advised Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh that the Public Health Response measures, while broadly remaining the same as have been implemented by them earlier, have to become more focused and effective.
  • States Chief Secretaries have been advised to take up immediate containment measures in the dists & clusters (as identified by INSACOG) incl preventing crowds& intermingling of people, widespread testing, prompt tracing as well as vaccine coverage on a priority basis.

India Administers Over 8 Million Covid Vaccines

On India’s historic milestone of administrating 88.09 lakh doses in a single day on 21st June 2021, Rajesh Bhushan said, “What happened yesterday was not sudden but a result of coordinated planning. Between June 1-21, average daily vaccination was 34,62,841 so a jump to 88 lakh when vaccines & capacity are available is possible.” Also Read - Britain Witnesses 23% rise in COVID-19 Cases, London A Hotspot

“Broadly speaking, both Indian vaccines we’re using in COVID vaccination program- Covishield & Covaxin -are effective against Delta variant. But to what extent & what’s the proportion of antibody titers that they produce, that we would share with you shortly,” he added.

On Monday, Madhya Pradesh administered the highest number of doses over 17 Lakh. Over 11 lakh doses in Karnataka, over 7 lakh in UP, 5.75 lakh in Bihar, 5.15 lakh in Haryana & Gujarat, 4.60 lakh in Rajasthan, 3.97 lakh in Tamil Nadu, 3.85 lakh in Maharashtra & 3.68 lakh in Assam -top 10 states.