India Detects Its First Cases Of Omicron Sub-Variants BA.4 and BA.5; Contact Tracing On
The presence of the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants of the coronavirus in India has been confirmed by the INSACOG, with one case in Tamil Nadu and another in Telangana.
The virus’s BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants are highly transmissible Omicron variants.
The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) revealed in a statement on Sunday that a 19-year-old lady in Tamil Nadu had been infected with the virus’s BA.4 sub-variant.
The patient has fairly moderate clinical signs and has received all of his vaccinations. She had no prior travel experience.
On arrival at the Hyderabad airport, a South African national tested positive with the BA.4 sub-variant of Omicron.
In a separate case, an 80-year-old man from Telangana tested positive for the virus’s BA.5 sub-variant. He has fairly moderate clinical signs and has received all of his vaccinations. The patient had no prior travel experience.
“Contact tracing of the BA.4 and BA.5 patients is being undertaken as a precautionary measure,” the INSACOG said.
BA.4 and BA.5 are worldwide circulating sub-variants of the Omicron variant. These were originally detected early this year in South Africa and have now spread to numerous other countries.
These sub-variants have not been linked to illness severity or higher hospitalisation, according to the INSACOG.