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

OB Bureau

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.

OB Bureau

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