Maharashtra's health minister has said that 21 cases of the new Delta plus variant of the COVID-19 virus have been found in the state.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that 7,500 samples from different parts of the state were collected and sent for their genome sequencing. In the samples tested, nine cases of Delta plus variant were reported in Ratnagiri, followed by seven in Jalgaon, two in Mumbai, and one case each in Palghar, Thane, and Sindhudurg districts.
Experts and officials say that it is not associated with severe infection, and they are monitoring the situation. Both Delta and Delta plus variants are immune escaping, meaning they can get past antibody response in the host body, which has raised concerns about vaccine efficacy.