AY.1 - NEW DELTA PLUS VARIANT OF SARS-COV-2 FOUND

New 'Delta plus' variant of SARS-CoV-2 identified; here's what we know so far Identified as a driver of the second wave of Covid-19 infections in India, the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has further mutated to form the 'Delta plus' or 'AY.1' variant HIGHLIGHTS The variant is a mutation of the Delta strain of SARS-CoV-2 Delta plus variant identified in six genomes from India: The variant frequency for Delta plus is not much in India at this point in time: In May, the WHO tagged B.1.617.2 strain as the 'Delta' variant of SARS-CoV-2. The variant was identified as one of the drivers of the second wave of coronavirus infections that devastated parts of the country earlier this year. The 'Delta' variant has further mutated to form the 'Delta plus' or 'AY.1' variant. Initial data suggests that the Delta plus variant shows signs of resistance against the monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment. This treatment for Covid-19 was recently authorised by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). A scientist specialising in genomic sequencing, Bani Jolly said on Twitter, "A small number of sequences of Delta (B.1.617.2) having spike mutation K417N can be found on GISAID. As of today, these sequences have been identified in genomes from 10 countries." "The sequences have recently been designated as lineage AY.1 (B.1.617.2.1), a sublineage of Delta, due to concerns about K417N is one of the mutations found in the Beta variant (B.1.351)," Jolly added. Public Health England, in its latest report on coronavirus variants, said the Delta plus variant was identified in six genomes from India as of June 7. The health agency has confirmed the presence of a total of 63 genomes of the Delta variant with the new K417N mutation. However, scientists say there is no immediate cause for concern since the prevalence of this new variant is still low in India.

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Nice information useful information sir.... Health agency has confirmed the presence of a total of 63 genomes of Delta variant with the new K417N Mutation... New variant in India... Nice information useful information sir...... thanks doctor

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Very well updated thanks sir

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Very informative and useful updates regarding SARS - Cov -2 Delta variant. And effect on large population. Thanks for sharing useful information Sir

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