First Case of BA.4, BA.5 Variants of Covid Confirmed in India

First Case of BA.4, BA.5 Variants of Covid Confirmed in India

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) on Sunday confirmed the first case of ba.4 and ba.5 variants of COVID-19 in India.

“A 19-year-old girl in Tamil Nadu has been found to be infected with the BA.4 variant of SARS-CoV-2. She has received both doses of the vaccine and has no travel history,” Insacog said in a statement.

Insacco said that earlier, a South African passenger who landed at Hyderabad airport was found infected with the BA.4 variant.

Meanwhile, a male in Telangana has been found infected with the BA.5 variant, according to Insacog.

The Genomics Consortium body said in a statement, “An 80-year-old male elderly in Telangana has been found infected with the BA.5 variant. The patient has shown mild symptoms of infection. He has no travel history and has received both doses of the vaccine.” “

The genome sequencing body further said that contact tracing of BA.4 and BA.5 patients is being done as a precautionary measure.

Insacog said, ba.4 and ba.5 are sub-variants of the globally circulating Omicron variant. These were first reported from South Africa earlier this year and are now reported from many other countries.”

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