India’s first case of Omicron subvariant BA.4 detected in Hyderabad: INSACOG data

According to Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium data, In India, the first case of Omicron subvariant BA.4 has been detected in the city of Hyderabad. A man traveling from South Africa to Hyderabad was recently diagnosed with the disease. 

After the discovery of the first case of BA.4, the contact tracing of those who came in contact with a person who went to Hyderabad from South Africa has already started. He was asymptomatic and collected the sample on May 9, “ANI reported, citing sources.

However, the INSACOG asserted that there might be random cases of the BA.4 Omicron variant that may also have been detected in other cities in the country over the last few days. For further study in detail, scientists added information regarding the BA.4 subvariant on GISAID, which provides access to genomic data of coronavirus. 

Health experts and the scientific community in the country have been monitoring the Omicron subvariant BA.4 since the beginning of 2022. SO far, the variants are known to have affected a large population in South Africa. The BA.4 variant was first discovered on January 10, 2022, from a specimen collected from Limpopo, South Africa, and has since been found in all South African provinces. Now the presence is detected here in India also, said the scientists warning to take care of the situation.

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According to Europe’s Centre For Disease Control and Prevention, BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants are variants of concern where its spread was reported in Germany, Botswana, and Denmark earlier. The virus is also circulating in several European nations as well as the United States. So far at least 16 countries have reported about 700 cases of BA.4.

As per scientific data, BA.4 and BA.5 share many of the same mutations as the original Omicron variant but have more in common with the BA.2 variant. They also possess a number of additional mutations, some of which could change their characteristics.