Two new sub-variants of the Omicron variant of the corona virus have been reported in India . These sub-variants are BA.4 and BA.5 and their cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
All the patients infected with them are being monitored and as a precaution, tracing of people who came in contact with them is also being done.
The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has said that both these sub-variants of the Omicron variant are not more dangerous.
19 year old woman found infected with BA.4 in Tamil Nadu
In its statement issued on Sunday, INSACOG said that a 19-year-old woman in Tamil Nadu has been found infected with Omicron’s BA.4 sub-variant. He showed mild symptoms of infection and had received both doses of the vaccine. He has no travel history.
Earlier, a South African national was also found infected with the BA.4 sub-variant at the Hyderabad airport in Telangana.
80 year old man found infected with BA.5 in Telangana
Talking about the BA.5 sub-variant, its case has come to the fore in Telangana. Here an 80-year-old man has been found infected with this sub-variant.
He has seen only mild symptoms and he too has received both the doses of the Kovid vaccine. He does not have any travel record of going out of the country.
INSACOG said that people who came in contact with these patients of BA.4 and BA.5 are being traced.
The BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants first appeared in South Africa.
Explain that Omicron’s BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants are spreading worldwide. The first cases of these variants were reported earlier this year in South Africa and by now they have reached many countries.
According to INSACOG, there is no evidence so far of either of these sub-variants causing more severe disease or a higher risk of hospitalization.
What is the status of corona virus epidemic in India?
So far more than 4.31 crore people have been found infected with the corona virus in India. Of these, 5,24,459 patients have died.
On the previous day, 2,022 new cases were reported in the country and 46 patients died. The number of active cases has come down to 14,832.
In the last few weeks, there was an increase in the daily cases in the country, but now this increase has stopped and the cases remain around 2,000.