Over 85% People With Black Fungus Had Covid, Says Govt
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As many as 40,845 cases of Mucormycosis have been reported in the second wave of the pandemic. Data show that fatalities from the infection stands at 3,129. Over 85% of those who were diagnosed with the fungal infection had Covid-19. In terms of age group, 32% of those infected were young being in the age bracket of 18-45 years.

Addressing a meeting of the group of ministers on Covid-19, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan apprised the members on the trajectory of Mucormycosis infections that occurred coinciding with the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. Of the 40,845 cases reported, 31,344 cases are rhinocerebral in nature, he said. "Of the total numbers, 34,940 patients had Covid (85.5%), 26,187 (about 64.11%) were co-morbid for diabetes while 21,523 (52.69%) of those infected were on steroids," he added.

In terms of age group, the health minister shared that 13,083 patients were in the age group 18-45 (32%), 17,464 were in the age group of 45-60 (42%) and 10,082 (24%) patients were 60 and above. Among other concerns related to Covid-19, the health minister also spoke about the Delta plus variant.

"Scientists are right now studying its (Delta Plus) impact on disease transmission, severity, immune escape and other effects. It is also being cultured in labs and its effect on the vaccine is being studied," the minister said. An additional representative number of samples targeting Covid cluster cases with re-infection, vaccine breakthrough cases, super spreader events and high mortality clusters are also being sent for genome sequencing.

Vardhan also said that through the course of this pandemic, the government has been continually scaling up efforts to carry out genome sequencing and tracking different variants of virus for formulating suitable containment strategies. So far labs have carried out genome sequencing in 45,500 samples. Besides this, the health ministry teams are also tracking the positivity trends in over 174 districts where these variants of concern were detected.