Former ICMR scientist Dr Raman Gangakhedkar recently suggested that the newly created Delta Plus variant should be considered as a worrying virus. Although there is no evidence to suggest that the prevalence of Delta Plus is higher than that of Delta, he believes that this should be noted as alarming.
According to official data, more than 50 Delta Plus cases have been reported in the country so far. Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra have the highest number of such cases. The virus has also been reported in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
On the other hand, Gangakhedkar claimed that there is a possibility of brain problems with Delta Plus. He said the severity of the disease depends on which organ Delta Plus penetrates.
ICMR Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases Division Head, Samiran Panda also responded on the Delta Plus variant and said that although cases related to this variant have so far come to light in ten states and has been clarified that this is not a sign of the start of the third wave.
He said the third wave intensity would not be the same as the second. He also said to expedite vaccination and adhering to corona rules can prevent more corona waves.