Korea reports 1st delta plus variant cases

Korea reports 1st delta plus variant cases

People wait to get tested for COVID-19 at a testing center in Guro Station, Seoul, Aug. 2. Yonhap

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed two cases of the highly transmissible delta plus variant of the novel coronavirus.

It marks the first time that the country has reported the delta plus version, considered a sublineage of the Delta variant that was first detected in India, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The KDCA said one of the Delta plus cases is a man in his 40’s who has never been overseas.

The Delta variant of the novel coronavirus was first detected in India last October. The “subvariant” strain is considered to be even more contagious, possibly capable of infecting people even after inoculation.

South Korea has so far confirmed 6,016 cases of four major contagious variants of the new coronavirus, including 2,983 cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant so far. (Yonhap)

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