The number of cases with the Delta Plus variant of the disease has reached 76, data released today shows. Of these, 10 had received both doses of one of the Covid vaccines and 12 the first, the government said.
A total of 10 new cases of the highly contagious Delta Plus variant were reported in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the state today.
Of the 13 known strains of the Delta Plus variant, Maharashtra has reported three so far: Ay.1, Ay.2, and Ay.3.
So far, five deaths of Covid patients with the Delta Plus variant have been reported, including one from the capital Mumbai. Of these, two were fully vaccinated.
The total number of daily Covid cases is under control in most parts of the state, officials said. However, there are some districts – Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, Solapur, Sangli, Ahmednagar and Ratnagiri – that are under surveillance as they are still adding many cases.
The state yesterday reported a total of about 4,800 new cases, with 130 deaths.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who delivered his annual Independence Day speech yesterday, asked people to remain cautious. He warned that if the numbers rise again, the government could reinstate a lockdown.
“Yesterday we reached a milestone by vaccinating 9.5 lakh citizens in one day,” he said. “But the threat is far from over. New strains of the virus are being detected in other countries… we need to make sure the threat doesn’t hit us.”
Maharashtra is the worst affected state in the country with more than 1.35 lakh deaths and nearly 64 lakh cases reported so far – about 4,800 on Sunday alone.