Second case of Omicron sub-variant BA.4 found in Tamil Nadu; The first case came to light in Hyderabad

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Omicron’s sub-variant BA.4 is spreading all over the world. India’s Tamil Nadu has reported the first case of Omicron’s subvariant. State Health Minister M Subramaniam has confirmed this. This is the second confirmed case of BA.4 in India. Tamil Nadu Health Minister M Subramaniam said in a statement on Saturday that a case of BA.4, a sub-variant of Omicon, has been registered in Chengalpattu district near Chennai.

As per the ANI report, he further said that the two COVID-19 positive cases are in the family where the case of BA.4 has been registered. Subramaniam announced that on May 4, two family members, including a mother and a daughter, were diagnosed with COVID. He further said that both were given two doses of the vaccine. Their communication has been tracked and tested.

First case of Omicron BA.4 sub-version confirmed in Hyderabad

This comes just a day after Omicron confirmed its first case of BA.4 sub-variant on May 20 in Hyderabad, India, according to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG). After the discovery of the first case of BA.4, contact tracing of people who came in contact with the patient who had traveled from South Africa to Hyderabad has begun. When the sample was taken on May 9, the person did not have any symptoms.

Both the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants have been linked to a fifth COVID wave in South Africa, as well as a new wave of infections in the United States and Europe since January. Virologists suggest that the BA.4 and BA.5 subpopulations appear to be more infective than the older BA.2 lineage, which is more infectious than the early oomicron variant. Many of the mutations in BA.4 and BA.5 are identical to the original Omicron variant. The Omicron version of COVID-19 was first detected in South Africa in November 2021.

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