On Thursday, the first case of Omicron’s BA.4 subvariant in India was detected in Hyderabad through India’s COVID-19 Genomic Surveillance Program.
Scientists associated with the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) said that from India, the description of the BA.4 subvariant was recorded on GISAID on May 9. A scientist from the Indian Council of Medical Research also pointed out the possibility of random cases of BA.4 being detected in other country cities in the past few days, Moneycontrol reported.
This strain of the SARS CoV 2 virus, which has been responsible for causing a significant wave of new coronavirus infections such as the BA.2 subvariant in South Africa, is capable of stealing immunity from previous infections and vaccinations.
However, scientists think that given the widespread immunity in the Indian population due to the omicron wave that hit India in January this year, new covid growth is likely to be at a low level.
“We expect a similar kind of low surge in the coming days, but it is doubtful that there will be any dramatic rise in hospitalization due to severe COVID-19 sickness,” said an official attached to the National Centre for Disease Control under the Union health ministry which is heading the INSACOG project.