BCCI President Sourav Ganguly tested positive for the 'Delta plus variant', on January 1. "Ganguly's samples tested positive for Delta plus variant. We are treating him for that,'' said an official. Recently, Ganguly was tested positive after conducting an RT-PCR test, but tested negative for the deadly new COVID-19 variant, Omicron. He is in-home quarantine under the doctor's supervision after being discharged from the hospital.
Courtesy: English Jagran
Health Minister of Germany, Jens Spahn, said that in a few months, most Germans will be "vaccinated, healed, or dead" from Covid-19. The severe warning comes as Germany battles a record spike in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, with hospitals warning of overcrowding in intensive care units. Despite free coronavirus vaccinations being widely available, only 68 percent of the German population is completely immunized. The minister… read-more
Courtesy: India Today
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India on October 30, reported 14,313 new Coronavirus cases, and 549 deaths in the last 24 hours. The active cases accounted for less than 1%, which stands at 1,61,555 with a death toll of 4,57,740. As per reports, 13,198 recoveries was reported, taking the recovery rate to 98.19 percent, which is… read-more
Courtesy: Press Trust Of India
Britain and the US have been struck hard by the COVID-19's Delta Variant, despite a higher vaccination rate. Hospitals are again witnessing an increase in patients and fatalities. America is recording an average of 1900 deaths daily and over 40% increase in average daily deaths over the past two weeks while the death tally of the UK stands at 160,000. Reportedly, the virus is now targeting the unvaccinated population.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
Researchers from India and other countries have found in a study published in Nature journal that Delta variant of covid-19 was eight times more likely to break out the immunity gained by Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. Also Delta variant is six times more likely to re-infect those who have retrieved from covid-19. Moreover, increased replication and reduced sensitivity have been achieved through natural infection or vaccines.
Courtesy: The Indian Express
The Uttarakhand administration tightened the rules for travelers, claiming only 15,000 people to be allowed to visit Mussoorie hill station. Announcing the development, DM R Rajesh Kumar said, ''It's mandatory for the visitors to carry RT-PCR negative report, not older than 72 hours.'' Notably, the state govt also imposed the COVID-19 induced curfew until September 7 following three cases of the ''AY 2'' Delta Plus variant were reported.
Courtesy: Times Now News
After two cases of Delta Plus variant strain reported in Deoria and Gorakhpur, a 66-year-old patient was detected with Kappa variant strain in UP’s Sant Kabir Nagar. Reportedly, the strain was found out during the genome sequencing exercise. Following the test, the sample was sent to CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi. However, the patient succumbed to death on June 14.
Courtesy: Zee News
Both Alpha and Delta forms of Coronavirus can be neutralized by India's Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech in association with the ICMR, said US National Institute of Health (NIH). As per NIH, two blood serum test results from patients who received the Covaxin show that the vaccine produces antibodies that neutralize the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) and B.1.617 (Delta) forms of SARS-CoV-2, which were first located in the UK and India, respectively.
The Delta-plus variant also known as "variant of concern" reported 48 cases in 11 states of India. It is highly transmissible within confined areas according to the government, with 21 cases alone in Maharashtra. Indian Council of Medical Research has claimed that VoC “is present in 12 countries” and has increased from 10.3% in May to 51% in June. The efficacies of available vaccines are still under examination.
Courtesy: The Times of India
WHO’s Covid-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update published on June 22, states that the Delta variant has been found in 85 countries. This strain is allegedly more infectious and is expected to be the most deadly amongst others. The current four “Variant of Concerns” – Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta have been found in all associated regions of WHO. Alpha, Beta, and Gamma have been found in 170, 119, and 71 countries respectively.