Delta+ Covid Variant – UPSC Prelims

Delta+ Covid variant:
  • It is a new mutated variant of COVID virus.
  • The Delta variant formerly known as B.1.617.2 is believed to be the most transmissible variant of Covid -19 yet. It has been initially detected in India.
  • The Delta plus variant (B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1) has been formed due to a mutation in the Delta variant.
  • The Delta plus variant has three important characteristics:
    • Increased transmissibility
    • Binds strongly to receptors of lung cells, and
    • Potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response.
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