India reports 40 cases of Delta plus coronavirus variant from Maha, MP, Kerala
The government has said that around 40 cases of Delta plus coronavirus variant (B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1) have been observed in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala so far with no significant increase in prevalence. The government added that a second clade found in sequences uploaded to GISAID from the USA, is now designated AY.2, but is not seen in India yet.
Top US health expert Dr Anthony Fauci has said the Delta variant of COVID-19, first detected in India, is the greatest threat to the US' effort to eradicate the disease in its borders. Stating that vaccines authorised in the US are effective against the Delta variant, Fauci added, "We have the tools, so let's use them and crush the outbreak."