In India it was found that the BA.2 subvariant is less virulent and requires fewer hospitalizations
In Europe, cases are already known in Denmark and the United Kingdom.
The omicron variant is in the development phase. community distribution in India and became the dominant in several metropolises of the country where covid infections a significant increase in a few weeks, the Indian government reported this Sunday.
A latest report by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genome Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG), under the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, warns that omicron “is now in community transfer and has become dominant in various metropolitan areas, where new cases have increased exponentially. “The document further noted that the omikron underline, known as BA.2 The secret omikron, was detected during this period in a “substantial fraction” of India.
Traced on the European mainland
The stealthy omicron too would have already been detected in Europe, in countries such as Denmark or the United Kingdom, two months after omicron was first mentioned, specifically in South Africa. In fact, at the end of last week, the British Health Safety Agency He explained that they intend to release more details about this new variant under investigation “soon”.
In Denmark, the other European country where cases of BA.2 have been confirmed, initial studies have established that no differences significantly compared to BA.1 and that the vaccines currently being issued are equally effective.
According to Euronews, the BA.2 subvariant does not have the characteristic mutation in the S gene allowing the original omicron variant to be detected in a PCR test so that it can be harder to distinguish of other variants in routine PCR tests and more transferable, but still not enough studies that they certify it.
Asymptomatic or light
While the majority of omicron cases in India so far »asymptomatic or light“, INSACOG noted that” hospitalizations and ICU cases have increased in the current wave “in the Asian country.
The distribution of omicron, which was first detected in India on December 2, would justify sharp rise in cases by covid who has been leading the nation for several weeks in metropolises such as New Delhi The Bombay, capital of the western state of Maharashtra. In just one month, India reported less than 10,000 cases daily little by little more than 333,000 that it has reported in the last 24 hours, which has increased the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 39.2 million.
The rapid rise of omicron restless Indian authorities, despite the fact that the director of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Balram Bhargava, pointed out that initial data collected by other countries indicate that this variant it is less virulent and requires fewer hospitalizations.
Recovery in the Indian capital
In turn, they reported 525 deaths by covid, which in absolute terms represents a total of 489,409 since the presence of the virus was detected in the country, and thus the second most affected nation in the world, just behind the United States.
In turn, the Indian capital appears to be showing signs of recovery after a few days observed an upward trend in the number of infections, with 11,486 positive and 45 deaths, and maintains restrictions such as the curfew rule and the closure of non-essential services during weekends.