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India has new Covid sub-variant of Omicron, may be alarming: Israeli expert

New Delhi | About 10 states in India have detected a new sub-variant of Omicron BA.2.75, which may be “alarming” in nature, according to an Israeli expert on Sunday. However, the Indian Health Ministry is yet to officially confirm the detection of the sub-variant in the country. In a series of Tweets, Dr. Shay Fleishon, […]

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Israel detects combination of Omicron BA.1 & BA.2 sub-variants

Jerusalem | Israel’s Health Ministry has announced two cases of a previously unknown coronavirus variant that are thought to be a combination of the Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 sub-variants. According to the Ministry, the cases were discovered during routine PCR testing performed at the Ben-Gurion International Airport for all passengers entering the country, the Jerusalem Post […]

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BA.2 sub variant more contagious, evades vaccine protection: Study

London |  The BA.2 Omicron subvariant is inherently more contagious than the original BA.1 strain among both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, according to a Danish study. The yet to be peer-reviewed study revealed fully vaccinated people are more likely to catch BA.2 than the previous strain, but they are less likely to spread it to […]

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BA.2 is 1.5 times more transmissible than original Omicron strain: Study

London | The BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron is 1.5 times more transmissible than the original Omicron strain, according to a study led by Danish researchers. Omicron, which is also referred to as B.1.1.529, has three main substrains, BA.1, BA.2, and BA.3, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Researchers at Denmark’s Statens Serum Institut (SSI) found […]

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Omicron sub-variant BA.2 gradually increasing in India: Centre

New Delhi | The prevalence of Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 is gradually increasing in India, said Sujeet Kumar Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), here on Thursday. Addressing a Health Ministry press briefing, Singh said that Omicron sub-variant BA.2 is more prevalent in comparison to the BA.1 variant in India now, adding that the BA.3 […]