Tamil Nadu has registered its first death due to the Delta plus variant of Sars-Cov-2 (Covid-19) after a patient from Madurai succumbed to the infection, according to the state health department. A more virulent version AY.1, also called Delta plus, is an offshoot of the Delta variant which has caused renewed concern about the capability to evade immunity built by vaccination or the previous infection.
Ma Subramanian, minister for medical and family welfare of Tamil Nadu, on Saturday said that two of three identified cases of the new ‘Delta plus variant’ have recovered. The two recovered cases include a 32-year-old nurse from Chennai and another individual from the Kancheepuram district.
“After the death of the Madurai patient, the samples were collected, which confirmed that it was ‘Delta plus’ variant,” Subramanian said.
However, the patient’s contacts have tested negative.