First Cases Of BA.4, BA.5 COVID Variants Confirmed In India

New Delhi: The first cases of BA.4 and BA.5 COVID-19 variants among Indians have been confirmed, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) said on Sunday.

“A 19-year-old female in Tamil Nadu has been found infected with the BA.4 variant of SARS-CoV-2,” INSACOG said in a press release. The patient’s symptoms are mild. She is fully vaccinated and has no travel history.

Before this, a South African national reported positive for BA.4 on arrival at Hyderabad airport, INSACOG said.

A man from Telangana has tested positive for the BA.5 variant. “An 80-year-old male in Telangana has tested positive for the BA.5 variant. The patient has shown only mild clinical symptoms and has been fully vaccinated with no travel history,” INSACOG said.

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