Delta-Plus Variant Cases Recorded in South Korea

On Tuesday, South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported that it had recorded at least two cases of the new delta-plus variant of the coronavirus. They told Reuters that the first case was a man in his 40s with “no recent travel records.” The second was recorded in a person who received both doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, returning to South Korea from the U.S.

The delta-plus variant was first identified in Europe in March, it is also known as B. 1.6.17.2.1, or AY.1. Some experts believe the variant to be more transmissible than the original delta variant that was first detected in India.

Indian experts said that the variant can bind more easily to lung cells and could be resistant to therapies used to treat the infection, according to The Washington Post. The World Health Organization has listed the delta-plus variant as a “variant of concern,” according to The Hill. It has been detected in the U.K, U.S, and India.

According to a July briefing from Public Health England, since first being detected, at least 39 confirmed cases of the delta-plus variant have been found in the country, along with six probable cases.

Public health modeler and analyst in England Colin Angus also says that the virus appears to not have gained intense traction on British, the Post also reports. They also said that Angus noted that the delta-plus cases have been in younger people, but the preliminary data shows that antibodies from vaccinated people are still effective against the variant. So that might ease a bit of concern, but experts across the board are making it clear that government leaders must take notice of what is going on, especially with what has happened with the original delta variant in India.

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