India confirms First Case of Covid XXB.1.5 Variant on December 31

HY News 02 January, 2023 11:56 am IST

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India has reported its first case of Omicron variant ‘XXB.1.5’ which is responsible for the surge in coronavirus cases in New York. The first case of XXB.1.5 has been confirmed in Gujarat.

More than 40% of Covid-19 cases in the United States are now caused by Omicron XBB.1.5, the unreleased data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding provided the information on his official Twitter handle.

According to Eric Feigl-Ding, the new variant is more immune evasive and better at infecting than BQ and XBB. He said multiple models shows that XXB15 variant is much worse in transmission R value and infection rate than previous variants.

The XBB variant has been driving up cases in parts of Asia, including Singapore. It accounted for 3.6% of the total cases in the U.S. this week compared with 4.2% in the previous week.

Meanwhile, in India, experts have appealed to people to take special precautions for the next one and a half months. Government officials have warned the people that a surge in the number of corona cases could be seen in the country in the next 40 days.

In such a situation, it is very important to follow all the necessary safety protocols and increase vaccination to prevent corona.

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