Samples of relatives of patients who came positive and those who came in contact were also taken, but the reports of all were negative.
According to the health department, six cases each were detected in Gadchiroli and Amravati, five in Nagpur, four in Ahmednagar, three in Yavatmal, two in Nashik and one in Bhandara district.
COVID-19: Maharashtra allows under-18 people to visit malls with age proof; state reports ten more Delta Plus variant cases
The state government has already allowed people who are fully vaccinated to visit shopping malls which can remain open till 10 pm on all days.
The 63-year-old woman had taken both the doses of Covishield, but tested coronavirus positive on July 21 with symptoms like dry cough, loss of taste, bodyache and headache, a BMC official said.
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Out of the newly detected cases, seven were in Mumbai, three in Pune, two each in Nanded, Gondia, Raigad, Palghar, and one each in Chandrapur and Akola districts, the statement said.
VK Paul, who also heads the national Covid task force, said given this variant’s geographical spread so far, it is evident that it may not be able to go beyond Delta Plus’s extent of transmission.
The exact number of samples sent for genome sequencing and the period during which they were analyzed is not mentioned.
The Commissioner of Police instructed business establishments not to sell goods to those who don’t have masks.
The Variant of Interest (VOI) was found in genome sequencing by INSACOG, a genomic consortium comprising a group of 28 labs.
Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia have now all surpassed India's peak per capita death rate as a new coronavirus wave, fueled by the virulent delta variant, tightens its grip on the region.
No scientific evidence to show Covid Delta Plus more virulent than Delta variant: Telangana public health director
All beds in government hospitals would be provided oxygen facility within a month just in case Covid-19 third wave strikes Telangana, the DPH Dr G Srinivasa Rao informed the High Court.
The main state-run Khulna general hospital is one of four in the city treating coronavirus patients and has 400 beds but demand far outstrips supply.
The urgency coincides with Europe's summer holiday months, with fair weather bringing more social gatherings and governments reluctant to clamp down on them.
Seventy-one districts reported Covid case positivity rate of more than 10 per cent in the week from June 23 to 29, the government said.
Karnataka has taken up special surveillance measures in the wake of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 being reported from several districts of Kerala.