Indian strain of COVID-19 coronavirus, named by the World Health Organization as Delta, can cause gangrene.
This was reported in a statement by Indian infectious disease specialist Abdulu Ghafoor.
This variant of the coronavirus, which has caused a surge of disease in India, is by far the most contagious. It has managed to spread to more than 60 countries in the past six months.
Those infected with the strain show hearing impairment, severe gastrointestinal distress and blood clots, medics say.
“We need more research to find out whether or not these new symptoms are related to B.1.617 aka Delta,” Ghafoor said.
His Mumbai colleague Ganesh Manudhane said patients develop blood clots in their blood vessels.
“They can be so severe that they lead to the death of the affected tissues and the development of gangrene,” he said, adding that of eight cases, two resulted in amputation of fingers or feet.