When it comes to combatting the Delta Plus coronavirus strain, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman told news agency ANI that vaccination as well as safety precautions are required.
“Vaccination with masks,” Melita Vujnovic, WHO ambassador to Russia, stated on the Soloviev Live YouTube show, since just a vaccine isn’t enough with ‘Delta.’ We really ought to make more of an effort over a brief span of time, or else there will be a lockdown.
Vaccination is necessary, she explained, because it reduces the danger of the virus spreading and the severity of the condition. Additional precautions, though, will almost certainly be required.
The WHO added the Delta variation to its list of coronavirus variants of concern earlier this month, citing the strain’s prevalence and a return of COVID-19 infections in some countries.
The Delta Plus is a novel mutant variant of the Delta COVID-19 strain that was initially discovered in India, and its severity has yet to be determined. In India, the Delta Plus coronavirus variant has been designated as a ‘Variant of Concern’.
You must enclose a cluster wherever you find it: ICMR
So far, the Delta Plus variation has been found in Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh, as well as Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.
The first death linked to the Delta Plus strain was recorded in Madhya Pradesh earlier this week. The COVID-19 patient had not received any vaccinations.
During a news briefing on June 25, the Union Health Ministry announced that 48 Delta Plus cases had been reported across the country.
Wherever you find a cluster, you have to limit it, said Dr Balram Bhargava, Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), adding that the government has stated that the spread is still “extremely localised” at this point.
The viral strain has been isolated and grown by the ICMR – NIV, and studies to check its resistance to existing COVID vaccinations are ongoing, the government said.
The authorities also stated that cases of the ‘Delta Plus’ form have been documented in 12 other nations, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to news agency ANI, an investigation into the effectiveness of the existing COVID-19 vaccine against the Delta Plus form is underway.
A study on the effectiveness of the Delta Plus vaccination is now underway: ICMR
Dr Samiran Panda, ICMR’s Head of Epidemiology, predicted the third wave of COVID-19 would not be as bad as the second wave, which ravaged the country in April-May and taxed hospital facilities.
He stressed the importance of scaling up the vaccination push and COVID proper behaviour to minimise many future waves of the pandemic, implying that there is no reason to fear.
COVID-19’s third wave will be less severe than the second. More immunisation and COVID-19-aware behaviour could help to reduce the severity of these outbreaks. A study on the effectiveness of the Delta Plus form of COVID-19 vaccination is currently underway, Panda stated to ANI.