Peru reports first three cases of COVID-19 variant Delta Plus

Three cases of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 have been identified in Lima, Peru, with one of them a healthcare worker who had already been vaccinated, Deputy Minister of Public Health Gustavo Rosell announced on Saturday.

The official told journalists that the first case was detected on Sept. 3 in the district of Ate and the two others were diagnosed on Sept. 11.

The healthcare worker has experienced mild symptoms and the other two people, who are unvaccinated, have also had mild symptoms.

Rosell said the ministry has put up an epidemiological fence around the places the cases were discovered and that residents in the area over the age of 18 will be vaccinated to prevent the variant from spreading.

The official added that, to date, 721 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Peru.

To mitigate a possible third wave of COVID-19 in the country, the government is continuing the mass vaccination campaign, through which 24.84 million doses have been administered.