Corona’s new variant Omicron has now reached the level of community transmission in India. This information has been given in the bulletin of INSACOG attached to the Ministry of Health. INSACOG works for the analysis of genome sequencing of the corona. This information has been mentioned in the bulletin of INSACOG on January 10, which has been released on Sunday. Things to worry about in this bulletin.
- Omicron Spreads Community Transmission Community transmission of Omicron has started in the country. It has become very effective in metros, where new cases are increasing rapidly.
- Mild symptoms in most cases In most of the cases of Omicron that have come up so far, either the patient has not shown signs of infection or has seen mild symptoms.
- There is no change in the threat level It has been said in the bulletin that in the current wave, cases of hospitalization and ICU admission have increased rapidly. So there is no change in the danger level.
- Omicron sub-variant also found The presence of Omicron’s sub-variant BA.2 has also been found at many places. Therefore, during S-gene dropout based screening, there is a high chance that the infection may go undetected.
- Another new B.1.640.2 variant arrived According to the bulletin, the recently reported B.1.640.2 lines are being investigated. So far there is no evidence of its rapid spread, but it is capable of dodging immunity. So far it has not been considered as a variant of concern. Its case has not come to the fore in India so far.
How worrying is this?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Omicron has three sub-variants – BA.1, BA.2 and BA.3. BA.1 is the most important among Omicron cases reported around the world, but BA.2 is spreading rapidly. Apart from India and UK, cases of BA.2 have been detected in many countries. Scientists have warned that there is a fear of overtaking its BA.1. This can also increase the risk of a new wave of corona coming. In addition, there is a mutation in BA.1, which makes Omicron easy to detect. Whereas, BA.2 does not have a mutation, due to which it is not caught. Spike does not have a deletion in BA.2. Due to this, it is not detected in the RTPCR test.