The mutated form of the original Delta Variant, the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 is expected to be more contagious than its older version, says AIIMS Doctor on June 22nd, 2021. The three states in India, Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh are said to have reported the cases of the new Delta Variant.
“There are speculations that this mutant is more contagious and it is 35-60% more infectious compared to the original Delta Variant. It could be potentially contagious,” says Dr. Subhradip Karmakar, Department of Biochemistry, AIIMS.
Dr. VK Paul, NITI Aayog Member claimed that the new Delta Plus is a variant of interest and not a variant of concern. “A variant of concern is that which we have understood that there are adverse consequences to humanity by an increase in transmissibility and severity. This is not known yet about the Delta Plus variant,” he added.
Top virologist Shahid Jameel in an interview also warned that the Delta Plus variant may defeat vaccines, antibodies and infection-induced immunity against Sars-2.