Rome, 23 October 2021 – It has been called the delta plus variant. It is a variation of the delta variant and is already present throughout Europe. Also in Italy, as explained by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità with the president Silvio Brusaferro.
The so-called Delta plus variant “is present in Italy in a rather limited number of cases, a little in all regions. As of October 19, 86 sequences had been made. “
The analysis was made by Brusaferro during the press conference on the analysis of the regional monitoring data of the control room.
We are «still in a pandemic, although fortunately the circulation of the virus in Italy is more limited than in other countries and in Italy we are in a very positive phase. But this was possible – is the warning of the president Iss – precisely because we have adopted prudent behavior ».
The Delta plus “is a variant” of Covid-19 “which for the moment is not yet worrying but is under observation because it seems that it has an additional contagion capacity compared to the Delta variant which is already disastrous”, Walter Ricciardi, advisor to the Ministry of Health told the microphones of ‘L’. air that pulls on La7.
The delta plus can affect even the insensitive rise dell’Rt italiano and the incidence of weekly cases per hundred thousand inhabitants? “Maybe that Delta plus also contributes – says the virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco, professor at the State University of Milan – in the cauldron there is everything: the first openings, the vaccination that started well but then did not go ahead and above all this great freedom which in my opinion – he concludes – it is the one that has the greatest impact because a large amount of contacts accumulate and even today, let us remember, every contact is at risk “.
As always happens with variants of Sars-Cov-2, even with respect to the new Delta Plus variant “we have to look at two things,” says Sergio Abrignani, full professor of Immunology at the State University of Milan and member of the Technical Scientific Committee. First of all «transmissibility, or whatever variant it is more transmissible than the Delta it will tend to take over, but this AY.4.2 is not ». The second thing to consider is “whether, with the same transmissibility, the Delta Plus escapes more from the immune system and therefore also from vaccines. But this does not seem to be the case ». Abrignani took part in the Agorà Extra broadcast on Rai Tre.
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