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Mumbai records first death from Delta Plus Covid variant

After an 80-year-old woman from Ratnagiri died last month, this is the second death from Delta plus in Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai has registered its first death due to the Delta Plus Covid-19 variant with a 63-year-old woman succumbing to the infection on July 27, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials.

After an 80-year-old woman from Ratnagiri died last month, this is the second death from Delta plus in Maharashtra. Not even a single dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to the woman, officials had said. 

However, the recently died Mumbai woman was fully vaccinated and was among seven patients in the city whose reports turned out positive for the Delta plus variant. Following her death, as many as two of her close contacts have also been infected with the same variant, which is considered highly infectious, the civic officials have said.

The genome sequencing results of the woman’s sample arrived on Wednesday. After the results, the civic body BMC has begun contacting the other seven patients from the state health department. 

The deceased woman, who was administered both the doses of Covishield vaccine, was tested coronavirus positive on July 21. She had symptoms like dry cough, loss of taste, body ache, and headache. She was put on oxygen support and given steroids and Remdesivir as part of the treatment. 

As per officials, the woman had no travel history or history of reinfection. However, she was suffering from a lung infection and had been sick before being infected with the coronavirus. 

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Six close contacts of the deceased woman have also tested coronavirus positive. Their samples were sent for whole-genome sequencing, two of them were found to have been infected with the Delta Plus variant, and the result of others is awaited, the officials said.

Meanwhile, besides seven samples from Mumbai, 13 more people have tested positive for the Delta Plus variant across Maharashtra. There are three cases in Pune, two each in Gondia, Raigad, Nanded, and Palghar, and one each in Chandrapur and Akola.

The Central Government had earlier said that the Delta Plus has been detected in 86 cases across the country but there is no exponential surge as yet.

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