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18 Feb 2022

WHO: Omicron Dips as Malicious New Subvariant Surges

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The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that even as cases of the Omicron continue to diminish, a new, more infectious subvariant is “steadily increasing”, sparking concerns among the medical and the scientific communities.

The BA.2, which was first reported in Denmark, is now prevalent in many Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, and the Philippines. Although scientists maintain that there is no evidence suggesting the new subvariant to be more dangerous that the first, it could potentially stall the descent of the Omicron.

As per the WHO, the BA.2 currently makes up for one in five new cases of the Omicron.

Additionally, a drop in testing is also interfering with the current real picture of COVID-19 in the world. The WHO’s technical lead on COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove warned, “We need to be careful about interpreting too much this downward trend.”

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