New Omicron Sub-variant BA.12 Found in Patna Revealed to be More Harmful

Indian researchers found that the new Omicron sub-variant BA.12 detected in Patna on Thursday is ten times more harmful than the BA.2 variant.

The health department of Bihar said that the new Omicron variant was detected in the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) during the third wave of COVID-19 in India.

Indian virologist and academic Dr. Shahid Jameel said that BA.12 has appeared to be more significantly contagious than the BA.2 variant.

According to Dr. Namrata Kumari, head of the microbiology department in IGIMS, the BA.12 variant was detected from the 13 samples of omicron that underwent genome sequencing. One out of the 13 samples was identified as BA.12 while the other 12 were classified as BA.2 variants.

Kumari said that while BA.12 may be more dangerous than other omicron variants, people need not worry about the new variant. 

IGIMS had asked authorities to conduct contact tracing of all positive samples of omicron, said Kumari.


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