8.80 lakh new cases of corona in America, 3567 deaths
A sub variant named ‘BA.2’ has spread to 40 countries including India and Denmark: New cases of corona were reported in 1945 in Singapore.
LONDON: The Omicron variant is dominant in the UK, but the British Health Authority has identified thousands of cases of BA2, a new sub-variant of Omicron. The UK Health Protection Agency has identified more than 400 cases of this sub-version in the UK in the first ten days of January alone.
Cases of this sub-variant have been found in 40 other countries including India, Denmark and Sweden. The authority said there was a lot of uncertainty about the mutation in the viral genome, but there has been a recent increase in cases of this sub-variant in India and Denmark. In Denmark 33,835 new cases of corona were reported and 25 deaths occurred.
French epidemiologist Antoine Flaholt said, “The speed at which this sub-version is spreading is surprising to us.” BA2, which is widespread in Asia, has now gained a foothold in Denmark. He warned that countries need to be wary of this new sub-version. The authority has placed the rapidly expanding BA2 in the variant under investigation category.
Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, said preliminary observations from India and Denmark showed there was no significant difference in the severity of BA1 and BA2 infections.
I don’t think this sub version will have any major effect on the current omicron waveform either. Today 8,79,980 million new cases of corona were reported in America and 3,567 deaths occurred. A total of 70,209,840 cases of corona were reported in the US, taking the death toll to 8,64,556. There have been 57,212 new cases of corona in Russia and 681 deaths.
Meanwhile, 1945 new cases of corona were reported in Singapore. In Japan also 49,531 new cases of corona were reported. There were 49,906 new cases of corona in Mexico and 331 deaths. Also in Belgium 54,478 new cases of corona were reported and 21 people died. There were 40,876 new cases of corona in Poland and 193 deaths.