New Omicron sub-variant seen behind surge in Delhi’s Covid cases


A new Omicron sub-variant may be the reason behind the sudden surge of Covid cases in Delhi, which witnessed an over 60 percent rise in fresh Covid cases on Wednesday at 1,009 cases.

According to a source from the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.12 was detected in several samples sequenced from the national capital. The source said that some other sub-variants have also been found that could be the reason behind the surge in the city. He added further that the new Covid mutant also seems capable of causing respiratory problems and reinfection who have previously been infected by Covid.

India has seen a rise in Covid cases over the last few weeks with some parts seeing more cases. On Thursday, the country reported 2,380 fresh Covid infections in the last 24 hours, against 2,067 cases recorded on Wednesday. In the same period, the nation has also recorded 56 Covid deaths, taking the total number of deaths to 522,062, said the Union Health Ministry on Thursday morning.

The Weekly Positivity Rate in the country currently stands at 0.43 percent, while the Daily Positivity rate has reported a considerable rise to 0.53 percent. However, Delhi’s positivity rate stands at 5.70 percent as per the health bulletin issued on Wednesday.


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