The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) said Mu has mutations that indicate potential immune escape properties.
Till now, the state government had to send the samples of Delta plus variants to the inStem, health minister Ma Subramanian said after his visit to the special vaccination camp in Tirunelveli.
The WHO added B.1.621 (including B.1.621.1) to the list of VOI on August 30 and gave it the designation “Mu”. It has mutations that indicate potential immune escape properties.
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Fifty-six of the 73 Delta variant cases were registered in Aizawl, nine in Lunglei, five in Kolasib and three in Serchhip, the official said, adding that both the Alpha and Eta variants were reported
The doctor, despite being fully vaccinated, got infected with both Alpha and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2, and the RMRC lab detected the double infection in the patient in May.
He added that a discussion will also be held with the police department for their support to check and test people at railway stations, bus stands and crowded places.
Researchers also stress on the need to ramp up genomic surveillance efforts to monitor new and emerging variants.
Jharkhand is committed to taking all necessary steps to stop the spread of the virus to protect its citizens by adopting evidence-based containment measures, the state health secretary said.
National COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said the slow progress can be put down to limited global vaccine supply, the unpreparedness of the national health system and vaccine hesitancy.
In its latest report on coronavirus variants, the health agency said Delta Plus was present in six genomes from India as of June 7.
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The WHO's move came nearly three weeks after India objected to the B.1.617 mutant of the novel coronavirus being termed an 'Indian Variant'.
The data shows that the lineage, viewed as responsible for second wave, dominates with 75% of all samples of Variant of Concerns recorded in the country.