Factsheet: About the New Covid Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75

The Claim: The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently said it was closely monitoring a new Covid-19 variant, BA.2.75, linked to Omicron had been detected, and was behind the recent increase in global cases.
The Verdict: claim verdict

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently said it was closely monitoring a new Covid-19 variant, BA.2.75, linked to Omicron had been detected, and was behind the recent increase in global cases.

Here is what you need to know about the BA.2.75:

Where the BA.2.75 was first reported from

·      The BA.2.75 has been first reported from India and then from about ten other countries.

·      This is the second time a new variant/ sub-variant has been reported from India.

Clinical symptoms of the BA.2.75 variant

·      No report of distinct symptoms has not come to the fore so far.

·      Scientists believe that it is likely that the infection caused by this sub-variant is mild or is asymptomatic.

·      However, it is too early to say anything about the clinical symptoms of this sub-variant.

·      Health experts have said that these days the number of severe COVID cases is lesser than it was earlier.

·      The symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-3 days.

·      Elderly people with comorbidities are urged to be careful.

·      The newly found sub-variant has few mutations on the receptor binding domain of the spike protein which is crucial for the virus.

·      The WHO has said that it is too early to figure out if the new sub-variant has any additional property of immune evasion or has the potential to inflict severe infection.

The global situation on the new Omicron sub-variant

·      WHO is currently tracking the BA.2.75 sub-variant and the WHO Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution is regularly monitoring the data from all over the world.

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