Thursday, January 20, 2022

3 die in Maharashtra from Delta+covid variant

Three deaths from the Delta Plus Covid variant have been reported from Maharashtra, including one in Mumbai, at a time the state is trying to ease tough restrictions in place for months. A 63-year-old woman who died on July 27 is reported to be Mumbai’s first Delta Plus death.

A 69-year-old man has also died in Raigad from the strain. An 80-year-old woman from Ratnagiri died last month.

The Mumbai woman, who tested positive on July 21, had several comorbidities including diabetes, according to officials. She was fully vaccinated and among seven patients in the city whose reports turned out positive for the Delta Plus, a mutation of the highly contagious Delta variant that drove the deadly second wave of Covid in April-May.

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The results of genome sequencing from the woman’s samples arrived on Wednesday.

Mumbai’s civic body BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) started contacting the seven patients after receiving the results from the state health department.

Two of her close contacts have also tested positive for the Delta Plus. She didn’t have any travel history.

The woman was on oxygen support and was administered steroids and Remdesivir, according to officials.

Along with seven samples from Mumbai, 13 more have tested positive for the Delta Plus variant across Maharashtra, according to the state government. Three cases are in Pune, two each in Nanded, Gondia, Raigad and Palghar, and one each in Chandrapur and Akola.

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