Maharashtra state health department on Friday said that five people, including a 63-year-old woman, had succumbed to delta plus variant of coronavirus. A total of 66 cases have been reported in the state.
Two deaths were reported from Ratnagiri and one each from Mumbai, Mumbai, Beed, and Raigad. Two patients had been fully vaccinated. Of the 66 Delta plus patients, 33 were in the 19 to 45 age group, 18 in the 46 to 60 age group, eight were aged over 60 age and seven were under 18, the health department said in an official statement.
According to MoneyControl, the health department also stated that a 50-year-old woman from Thane was found coronavirus positive on July 22 and her report received on Friday revealed she was infected with the Delta plus variant.
Maharashtra state officials have ramped up efforts to curb the spread of highly contagious delta plus variants by genomic sequencing the sample and by conducting a contact tracing drive.
“This genetic sequencing test shows that delta variants are found in more than 80 per cent of the samples in the state out of which 65 samples were positive for Delta Plus. Except for one death in Ratnagiri district, the rest of the cases Delta Plus are mild to moderately ill,” the department said in the statement.