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Omicron variants driving daily Covid cases in Telangana

Published: Updated on – 12:29 am, Mon – 20 Jun 22

Omicron variants driving daily Covid cases in Telangana

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Hyderabad: The Omicron variant is actively circulating in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, increasing daily COVID-19 infections.

The latest genome sequencing data from the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) indicates that three highly infectious variants of Omicron – BA5, BA4 and BA.2.12.1, which are capable of evading immunity – are currently in the There is community transmission in Telangana

The data as of June 15 indicates that these variants may add to the ongoing rise of Covid infections in the state. The BA5 positive cases have now reached 21, while the BA4 cases have reached 10. INSACOG genome sequencing has also reported 51 covid infections of the BA.2.12.1 variant, which recently caused an increase in infections in the US and Europe.

All three variants, which are active in Telangana, are highly transmissible and have demonstrated the ability to evade antibodies acquired through Omicron infection. Several studies have indicated that BA4 and BA5 have the ability to evade both vaccine-induced and BA1 infection-induced antibodies.

Omicron variants driving daily Covid cases in Telangana

The BA4 and BA5 variants have shown high transmission efficiency in South Africa, America and some European countries. There have been instances in other countries where two variants managed to infect individuals who had received two doses of the COVID vaccine. As a result, booster or precautionary doses are now important to prevent the progression of both types in the community, senior public health officials said here.

While BA4 and BA5 are highly transmitted, the silver lining, so far, has been that they cause little serious disease. As a result, the hospitalization and mortality rate, despite a spurt in the daily caseload, remained under control in Telangana, officials said.

However, doctors pointed out that there is no long-term data on the effect of repeated COVID re-infections on immunity. To analyze the major circulating COVID variant, INSACOG randomly collects at least 5 percent of the total number of COVID infections among the general population for genome sequencing. It also collects 2 percent samples from international travelers at RGIA.

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