Covid-19 Pandemic: New variant BA.2.12.1 found in Delhi's coronavirus cases

New Delhi: 

According to a report by the Indian SARS-COV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), very few recombinant forms of corona virus have been found in India and none of them have shown increased transmission, nor are they serious. were associated with illness or hospitalization.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a recombinant virus is a variant made by combining genetic material from two different types. “Based on genome sequencing analysis, very few recombinant variants have been discovered in India,” the report said. So far, none have shown either increased transmission (locally or otherwise) or associated with serious illness or hospitalization.

Suggesting that even if a new wave does come, it is unlikely to be as devastating as India recorded in April last year.

However, the consortium said it is monitoring the mutation in the virus through 52 laboratories in its network. “The incidence of suspected recombinases and of potential public health relevance is being closely monitored,” the researchers said in the report.

The report, uploaded by Insacog after nearly three months, is based on 240,570 samples sequenced as of April 8. Of the 118,569 variants of the concern, 44,100 belong to the Omicron variant, 43,925 to the Delta, 4266 to the Alpha, b.1.617.1. of 5,607 and b.1.617.3, of AY series are 20,448, of beta 220 and of gamma 3.

Recent reports suggest that some laboratories in New Delhi have detected a new Omicron family variant, ba.2.12.1, raising concerns that it may be linked to the increase in cases being reported in Delhi. can be added.

Experts say that the panic over these identities may be premature, and that Omicron variant sub-lineages with evolutionary advantages over their predecessors are largely expected and represent a distinct evolutionary trajectory.

He said, “Mutations are common in RNA viruses and not all mutations are of a severe nature. In India at large it is still BA.2 and the rest is still being monitored and does not appear to cause serious illness. There have been high hospitalizations or deaths. The change that we are seeing is nothing big.”

An INSACOG member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was no need to panic.


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