The central government has declared the ‘Delta Plus’ variant of the virus causing COVID-19 as a ‘variant of concern’ in India. In a press statement on the rising number of Delta Plus cases in the country, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said Delta Plus is “currently a variant of concern”. Previously, the ministry had said Delta Plus was only a ‘variant of interest’. The Health Ministry has advised states like Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh to take up immediate containment measures.