covid variant

Omicron Covid variant may have originated in animals, study finds

The researchers noted that the COVID-19 virus is capable of infecting many animal species -- which is one of the main reasons why variants keep emerging.

published on : 20th October 2022

India detects highly infectious new Omicron sub-variant BF.7 

The variant, BA. or BF.7 for short, is a spinoff of the Omicron subvariant BA.5, which is currently the dominant SARS-CoV-2 variant in the US and other countries.

published on : 17th October 2022

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

South Africa COVID variant-specific vaccine ready for testing: Moderna

The South African variant is considered among the more dangerous of current mutations because it evades some of the blocking action of antibodies that target the older coronavirus strain.

published on : 25th February 2021