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India Detects Its First Cases Of BA.4, BA.5 Variants Of Covid


BA.Four and BA.5 are sub-variants of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant of Covid

New Delhi:

The INSACOG has confirmed the presence of the BA.Four and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants of the coronavirus in India — one case in Tamil Nadu and one other in Telangana.

BA.Four and BA.5 are sub-variants of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant of the virus.

In a press release on Sunday, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) mentioned a 19-year-old girl in Tamil Nadu has been discovered contaminated with the BA.Four sub-variant of the virus.

The affected person has proven solely delicate scientific signs and has been absolutely vaccinated. She had no journey historical past.

Earlier, a South African nationwide was reported optimistic for the BA.Four sub-variant of Omicron on arrival on the Hyderabad airport.

In one other case, an 80-year-old man in Telangana has examined optimistic for the BA.5 sub-variant of the virus. He has proven solely delicate scientific signs and has been absolutely vaccinated. The affected person had no journey historical past.

“Contact tracing of the BA.4 and BA.5 patients is being undertaken as a precautionary measure,” the INSACOG mentioned.

BA.Four and BA.5 are sub-variants of the Omicron variant circulating globally. These have been first reported from South Africa earlier this yr and at the moment are being reported from a number of different nations.

The INSACOG mentioned these sub-variants haven’t been related to illness severity or elevated hospitalisation.

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