COVID-19: Delta Plus variant spreads to 11 states; India records 48698 new cases

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A new mutation called Delta Plus has spread to over ten states across India after the dominant Delta variant was first detected in October last year. The new mutation was declared a ‘Variant of Concern’ by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

On Friday, the Centre said that 50 cases of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 have been recorded across 11 states of India, 21 of them are from Maharashtra alone. An 80-year-old woman was the first case of death in Maharashtra due to the Delta Plus variant yesterday, reported Mumbai Live.

India recorded 48,698 new coronavirus infections in a single day, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 30,183,143, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

The country recorded 1,183 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the fatality count to 394,493. The active number of Covid-19 cases in the country is 5,95,565 while 2,91,93,085 people have recovered from the virus so far.

So far, the world has reported 181,160,192 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic broke with 3,924,413 deaths. The US remains the worst-hit country, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia.

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