Bhubaneswar: The Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 virus can't cause much damage if it is detected at the earliest and infected patients are isolated accordingly.
The Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Dr CBK Mohanty said only a few cases of the new variant have been reported in the country so far.
“The Delta Plus variant has been reported in India just a few days ago and only seven such cases have been found in Maharashtra. With such a less number of cases, we can’t predict its severity so early. If we detect the cases as early as possible and isolate the patients accordingly, the new variants can’t spread fast and cause much damage,” he added.
During its presence in the body, the covid virus generally affects various organs, which is detected later. There are various factors which are responsible for a patient’s complication, recovery and death, Mohanty added.
The third wave of the pandemic which has already spread its tentacle in other countries is found to have less impact than the second wave, he added.
Echoing similar sentiments, Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra said the intensity of Third wave of a pandemic is generally less impacting than the Second one. “We are well prepared to face another wave of the pandemic which has already hit other countries. We have well equipped health infrastructure. We have to sustain it for the future utilisation if the Third wave arrives,” Mishra added.
He said the impact of third wave will largely depend on vaccination coverage. “We are trying to inoculate maximum number of people so that the Third wave can be managed better if it comes,” he maintained.
Meanwhile, the mass vaccination drive under national covid vaccination programme has commenced on a campaign mode in the State with a target to inoculate 3 lakh beneficiaries on daily basis.