After the delta plus variant of SARS-CoV-2 was found in some districts of the country, the central government has alerted Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh about it and advised to take precautions. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has informed these three states that the Delta Plus variant has been found in genome sequenced samples obtained from Ratnagiri and Jalgaon districts of Maharashtra, Palakkad and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala and Bhopal and Shivpuri districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The central government has alerted these states about the recent findings of INSACOG. There is a consortium of 28 laboratories under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research for whole genome sequencing in the context of COVID-19.
The Center has advised the Chief Secretaries of the three states to take immediate containment measures in districts and clusters, including preventing crowding and mingling, conducting widespread testing and early tracing as well as vaccine coverage.
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