Indian authorities have reported the appearance of a new strain of COVID-19.

The new strain was named “delta plus” (B.1.617.2.1). We already know about 20 cases of infection. “We found delta plus in Navi Mumbai, Palghar, and Ratnagiri. After that, we sent more samples for analysis and are waiting for reports,” T. P. Lakhan, head of the Department of Medical Education and Research, told India TV.

Five cases of infection with the new strain were registered in the port city of Ratnagiri. The two infected patients did not have any symptoms. To contain the spread of the coronavirus, the authorities created special zones and sealed off areas where a new variant of the coronavirus was detected.

The new subspecies, according to epidemiologists, are distinguished by the presence of the K417N mutation in the spike protein. It can reduce the activity of antibodies in ill and vaccinated people.

According to the WHO, the Indian strain of coronavirus was detected on October 5, 2020, in the state of Maharashtra. Recently, it has spread to many countries around the world. As reported by Indian doctors, this strain could be one of the causes of the second wave of coronavirus in the country.