Covid alert: New Omicron sub-variant in the UK is highly transmissible –


A new highly transmissible Omicron sub-variant has been discovered in the United Kingdom, according to Covid.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHA) recently announced the discovery of 53 sequences of a sub-lineage of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

As part of its updated briefing on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the UK Health Security Agency stated on Friday that it was becoming increasingly confident that the virus was less severe for adults.

“There is now high confidence that the Omicron variant causes low severity of disease in adults,” according to the UKHSA.

It also warned that there were 53 sequences of an Omicron sub-lineage known as BA2, which lacks a specific mutation that distinguishes it from Delta, and that it would be closely monitored.

This comes after genetic sequencing of Covid patients in Israel revealed about 20 cases of the new subvariant.

According to the Business Standard, this variant has more mutations than Omicron and could be more violent.

Despite scientists’ concerns about the new sub-variant, little is known about the risks it poses.

According to the Jerusalem Post, there was no evidence that BA2 behaved differently than Omicron, according to Israel’s Health Ministry.

Although the BA2 mutation was discovered in China only a few weeks ago, experts believe it originated in India.

The sub-variant has also been found in Denmark, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, according to the state-run Kan news agency.

The Omicron variant (parent Pango lineage B1.1.529) is divided into three sub-lineages (BA1, BA2, and BA3), according to the World Health Organization.

The 69-70 deletion is present in BA1 and BA3, but not in BA2.

Scientists from India’s Department of Biotechnology’s SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) recently discovered that both BA1 and BA2 were present in genome tests conducted in the country.

So far on Friday, the UK has reported 99,652 cases, down from 109,133 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the UK reported 270 deaths on Friday, down from 335 on Thursday.

Scientists are constantly discovering new coronavirus variants and sub-variants; however, this does not mean that these variants will be as deadly as other coronavirus variants of concern, such as Delta or Alpha.

Because of the number of mutations it has in comparison to the original virus, a variant becomes dangerous and concerning for scientists.


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