COVID Variant

New Omicron sub-lineages emerge in Bengaluru, officials on alert

Precautionary dose has few takers in all age groups in the city  

published on : 24th June 2022

New Omicron sub-lineages found in Bengaluru

Dr Sudhakar revealed that BA.5 was confirmed in 38 samples, BA.4 in four samples and BA.3 in two samples.

published on : 23rd June 2022

BA.2 continues to be the dominant Covid variant in Telangana

 The rise, though gradual, in Covid-19 cases in Telangana is still being driven by the BA.2, a sub-variant of Omicron. 

published on : 10th May 2022

Very few recombinant variants of coronavirus have been found in India: INSACOG 

INSACOG also said none of those variants has shown either increased transmission, locally or otherwise, nor were they associated with severe disease or hospitalisation.

published on : 27th April 2022

Covid XE in Kollam? Health official confirms, dept mum

A 21-year-old from Kollam is suspected to have been infected with Covid XE, the mutant variant of the novel coronavirus, trigerring worries. 

published on : 22nd April 2022

Two Covid-19 sub-variants found in Bengaluru

Two new SARS-CoV-2 mutants, BA.2.10 and BA.2.12, related to the Omicron sub-variant BA.2, have been found in Bengaluru, by INSACOG attached labs.

published on : 22nd April 2022

Cautious but prepared for XE Covid variant: Ma Subramanian

“The Tamil Nadu government is cautious about the new variant of Omicron XE but prepared to face any eventuality,” Health Minister Ma Subramanian said on Tuesday.

published on : 13th April 2022

No cases of Covid variant XE detected in Karnataka

Anxiety among citizens after new strain reportedly found in Mumbai

published on : 9th April 2022

XE fear: Odisha to keep watch on possible new Covid-19 variants

Director of Institute of Life Sciences Dr Ajay Parida said the State government has been asked to send all positive samples for sequencing. 

published on : 8th April 2022

UK studies new COVID variant XE as mutation of Omicron

The UK Health Security Agency is studying XE, a mutation of the BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron strains and as of March 22, 637 XE cases had been detected in England, according to official figures.

published on : 5th April 2022

Experts watch China situation, say India won’t be hit by new Covid variant

However, Dr Jacob John, former professor at CMC Vellore, and renowned virologist, says the chance of another variant in India is highly unlikely.

published on : 16th March 2022

China locks down city of 9 million amid new spike in cases

China reported another 397 cases of local transmission nationwide on Friday, 98 of them in Jilin province that surrounds Changchun.

published on : 11th March 2022

Too early to predict new Covid variant: Odisha

Meanwhile, the State recorded 1,480 positive cases, including 334 of the 0-18 years age group, in the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 12,73,003. 

published on : 11th February 2022

Scientists analyse Omicron variant’s lineages, reasons behind its low severity

This is because of a phenomenon called ‘epistasis’, where the background of mutations influences how genes actually work.

published on : 1st February 2022

Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 has substantial 'growth advantage' over original, UK finds

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that BA.2 has an increased growth rate compared to BA.1 in all regions of England where there are enough cases to assess it.

published on : 30th January 2022

Omicron curve will flatten by first week of March: Expert

Elaborating further on the virus spread, he said those who recovered from Omicron will have antibodies for three months and then they should get a booster dose of vaccine.

published on : 29th January 2022

12,561 cases emerge from 40,000 samples tested, state records 12 Covid deaths

The number of active cases on Friday rose to 1,13,300 with Guntur taking the lead 12,315. West Godavari has the lowest of 3,888 active cases.

published on : 29th January 2022

State’s Covid positivity rate drops to 8.2 per cent

Public Health Director Dr Niranjan Mishra, said that though the Covid graph is on a declining trend, it is still too early to speculate if the third wave will end soon.

published on : 29th January 2022

Odisha to wait and watch for some more days on reopening schools

The Mahasangh sought intervention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for reopening of schools and colleges.

published on : 29th January 2022

Why reopen schools when you closed colleges?, asks HC

The division bench directed the government to furnish details on the steps taken to minimise the congregation of people at weekly bazaars and implementation of Covid protocols.

published on : 29th January 2022
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