It is noted that the Delta Plus has already been recorded in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China, and Russia.
India, where this variant of the coronavirus was first discovered, said it had at least 22 cases of the Delta Plus strain.
The Delta plus variant is also called B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1 strain. Out of the details emerging about the Delta Plus variant, the most noticeable one is the fact that the new strain is resistant to the monoclonal antibodies cocktail.
The Delta variant is considered to have driven the deadly second wave in India where the country witnessed a crisis with daily cases being clocked at more than 400,000, crematoriums running out of space and wood to cremate bodies and collapse of health infrastructure across states.
As a reminder, a variant of the coronavirus, named Delta, was discovered in India in October last year. Since then, it has spread around the world, it is also found in Ukraine. Among the new symptoms are a runny nose, headache, and sore throat.
Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO expert on responding to Covid-19, announced that not all vaccines work equally well with the Delta coronavirus strain.
It is known that this strain is 1.6 times more contagious than the Alfa strain (firstly discovered in the UK); 2.26 times more often it leads to hospitalization and 1.45 times more often to the resuscitation department. Meanwhile, the effect from the vaccines is mostly kept.