Covid new subvariant detected in India, says WHO; Points to be noted

As per the new statement by WHO, a new sub-lineage BA.2.75 of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in countries like India. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO is following the virus activities and said that new covid cases reported across the world have seen a spike over the past two weeks. 

“On Covid-19, globally reported cases have increased nearly 30 percent over the past two weeks. Four out of six of the WHO sub-regions saw cases increase in the last week,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently. However, this has triggered a scare of the fourth wave of coronavirus in India.

WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that the virus variant BA.2.75 was first reported from India and then from about 10 other countries. She said that sub-variant has properties of additional immune evasion or indeed of being more clinically severe. It is early to note all the points regarding the spread of the virus. Therefore, WHO is tracking BA.2.75 and the WHO Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution is constantly looking at the data from the world, she added. 

If there occurs an emergence of a virus that looks very different from a previous one, then there is enough to be called a separate variant of concern. Also, WHO will look into the matter and will take necessary actions to stop the further spread of the virus variant. 

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Moreover, during the week of June 27 to July 3, over 4.6 million cases were reported, a figure similar to that of the previous week. The number of new weekly deaths declined by 12% as compared to the previous week, with over 8100 fatalities reported. There is still a concern regarding the fourth wave in India and the latest news about the subvariant emergence is making people panic. WHO Incident Manager Covid-19 Abdi Mahamud said that now is not the time to declare that the pandemic is over and asks people to take utmost care.