Washington: After engulfing the world for the past 2 years, the coronavirus has created an uproar in China, and now a new variant has begun to increase the rate of infection in America as well. In China, where there has been a new wave of infection due to Omicron BF.7 variant (Coronairus BF.7 Variant), cases of XBB.1.5 variant (Omicron XBB.1.5 Variant) are increasing in America. According to the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 40% of new corona cases discovered in the country are XBB.1.5 infection variants. Infectious disease experts have expressed concern over Omicron’s XBB.1.5 variant.
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In a conversation with Reuters news agency, epidemiologist Dr Michael Osterholm from the University of Minnesota said: “In fact, the most dangerous variant of Corona the world is currently facing is XBB.” In the week ending December 31, cases of the BA.2, XBB and XBB.1.5 variants accounted for 44.1% of the total corona cases in America. The XBB variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in parts of Asia, including Singapore. Virologist Eric Feigl-Ding said the XBB.1.5 strain is likely to become the “next threat”.
According to American scientist Eric Feigel Ding, the corona variant XBB.1.5 is more contagious than BQ and XBB. This is called the “super spreader variant”. Patients infected with this variant should be hospitalized. Experts say the infection rate of XBB.1.5 is much higher than all previous Corona variants. According to one data, XBB.1.5 spreads 120% faster than the BQ.1 variant. The US-origin XBB.1.5 variant spreads 96% faster than the Singaporean XBB variant. Also in India, the XBB.1.5 variant hit. Its first case was discovered in Gujarat.
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According to data from India’s SARS Cove-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), Omicron’s XBB.1.5 sub-variant entered India in early December. The XBB variant is composed of BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75. Apart from India, it has reached 34 other countries in the world. Compared to all variants of the Omicron family of Coronavirus, it is said to be the most dangerous. At the same time, the BF.7 variant that wreaked havoc in China, its cases were found in Gujarat and Odisha in India. Maharashtra has over 275 cases of XBB subvariant. But XBB.1.5 is a different subvariant, its transmissibility is very high in the United States.
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FIRST POST: December 31, 2022, 1:23 p.m. HST