India, June 26 -- Odisha on Friday reported its first case of Delta Plus variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, classified by the Union health ministry as a variant of concern, prompting the government to reassure people that they need to continue taking precautions but there is no cause for concern.

Additional chief secretary, health department, PK Mohapatra said a 62-year-old male from Deogarh district was among the 48 cases of Delta Plus in the country after genome sequencing of the virus was done by laboratories.

"The person did not receive any vaccination when his swab sample was taken for test and subsequent genome sequencing... He has recovered from the infection," said Mohapatra.

Scientists at Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswa...