It was found that this strain of coronavirus, like subvariant BA.2, is able to avoid past infections and vaccinations
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India’s first case of sub-variant BA.4 of the Omicron coronavirus strain was detected in Hyderabad through a genomic observation program on Thursday.
Scientists associated with the Indian Genomics Consortium SARS-CoV-2 (INSACOG) said that from India details of sub-option BA.4 were introduced into GISAID, a global scientific initiative that provides open access to genomic data of influenza viruses and coronavirus responsible for in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, May 9, Manicature control reported.
A scientist linked to the Indian Medical Research Council told Moneycontrol that it is possible that random cases of BA.4 could also be detected in other cities of the country in the last few days.
According to Mint yard, the patient is a foreign national who received a positive result on arrival at Hyderabad Airport. Samples were later sent for genome sequencing.
It has been found that this coronavirus strain, like subvariant BA.2, is able to evade past infections and vaccinations.
The sub-option is behind the peak in countries such as South Africa, the UK and the US.
Experts, however, said the strain is unlikely to cause a surge in hospitalization in India. Manicature control reported.
Scientists have told Manicature control that given the broad immunity in the Indian population due to the Omicron wave that hit India in January this year, a new surge in COVID-19, if any, is likely to remain low.
With the participation of agencies
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