Gujarat reported its first case of XE, a sub-variant of Omicron, after a man from Mumbai tested positive for COVID-19 during his visit to Vadodara, an official said on Saturday. The man had tested positive for the infection last month and later returned to Mumbai. But the report about detection of the XE sub-variant in him was received on Friday, he said, adding that the man's current status is not known to the authorities in Vadodara.
A new type of Coronavirus that is a hybrid form of Delta and Omicron has been detected in the UK. The hybrid ‘Deltacron’ was developed in a patient who caught both variants, Delta and Omicron, at the same time. The officials are probing whether it was imported or originated in Britain.
A subvariant of the highly contagious #Omicron coronavirus strain- BA.2 has been detected in 57 countries. According to the #WHO, some studies indicate that the sub-variant could be even more infectious than the original version.
The Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been identified in 171 countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. In its latest technical brief, the global health body said that Omicron is soon set to replace Delta globally as a result of its immunity evading potential.
"Omicron is now in community transmission in India and has become dominant in multiple metros, where new cases have been rising exponentially. BA.2 lineage is in a substantial fraction in India and S gene dropout based screening is thus likely to give high false negatives," the INSACOG bulletin said.
Eminent virologist, nodal officer the INSACOG lab at NIMHANS, Head of Research and Development, Tata Medical and Diagnostic Centre, Dr V Ravi, in an exclusive interview with The New Sunday Express, speaks about the INSACOG’s changed strategy and also on how districts in Karnataka will now have to be careful as they will start to peak soon.
Doctors from AIG Hospitals have made certain inferences on the manifestations of Covid's Omicron and Delta variants, based on known research and their personal observations of patients they have treated. These distinguishing factors come into play because the Delta variant tends to manifest in very extreme forms, they said. #Covid #Delta #DeltaCovid #Omicron #OmicronCovid #Deltasymptoms #Omicronsymptoms #OmicronvsDelta #Covidvariant #Covidsymptoms #HowtodetectOmicron #HowtodetectDelta
In Conversation with TNIE, Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson, South African Medical Association, the doctor who first identified Omicron, say rather than the positivity rate, the focus has to be at ICU admissions and deaths per day. Dr Angelique also adds that the severity of Omicron can be tackled with maximum vaccination cover.
People with higher levels of T cells from common cold coronaviruses are less likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the strain which causes COVID-19, according to a new UK study led by Indian-origin researchers on Monday.
India reported 1,17,100 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 7.74 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday. With this, the country's COVID-19 case tally has gone up to 3,52,26,386.
A series of recently published studies found that the fast-moving #Omicron variant may be less severe than other #Covid19 strains because of the way it attacks the lungs, media reports say. According to The New York Times, studies on mice and hamsters have found that Omicron produced less damaging infections to the #Lungs, and instead was limited largely to the nose, throat, and windpipe.
With #Omicron infections set to rise in the coming weeks, #Kerala could be facing a unique challenge. The state is staring at a possible Omicron-Delta double whammy - just like the ones some European countries are now weathering.
A yellow alert has been sounded in Delhi and some restrictions imposed under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in view of the rising number of Covid cases in the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday. The Level-1 or YellowAlert for Covid restrictions has been imposed due to the surge in coronavirus cases.
On December 23rd, Delhi CM #ArvindKejriwal said that Delhi is fully prepared to handle a third wave of Covid-19 and the threat from the Omicron variant of the virus.
The WHO’s top official in Europe urged governments on Dec 21st to prepare for a “significant surge” in coronavirus cases across the continent due to the omicron variant, which is already dominant in several countries. UK reported more than 100,000 new daily cases for the first time as Omicron surged.