India on Alert as New Delta Plus Variant AY.4.2 Raises Concern with a Surge in COVID-19 Cases
India’s COVID genomic surveillance project is on high alert after cases of a sub-lineage of SARS-CoV-2’s delta variant have been detected in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. According to a report by Times of India, seven cases of this new variant were detected in Indore. The new Delta AY.4 variant has been detected in 1 percent samples in Maharashtra. The scientists have indicated that the new variant may be more contagious and even more transmissible than the delta strain. The new variant, called AY. 4.2, has now been declared as the ‘variant under Investigation’ in the UK.