Omicron 'sub-variant' throws up new virus questions

22/1/2022 4:49:00 PM

PARIS: Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus to determine how its eme...

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Omicron &039;sub-variant&039; throws up new virus questions There is still uncertainty around the significance of the changes to the viral genome theSun thesundaily Covid19 Omicron sub-variant

PARIS: Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus to determine how its eme...

PARIS: Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus to determine how its emergence could effect future pandemic spread.The initial Omicron variant has become the dominant virus strain in recent months but British health authorities have notably identified hundreds of cases of the latest version, dubbed BA.2, while international data suggest it could spread relatively quickly.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) identified more than 400 cases in Britain in the first ten days of this month and has indicated the latest variant has been detected in some 40 other countries, accounting for a majority of most recent cases in some nations including India, Denmark and Sweden.

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Singapore reports first Omicron-related deathSingapore reports first Omicron -related death Quoting the republic’s Health Ministry (MOH), the newspaper said the woman had no known medical history and caught the virus from a family member. theSun thesundaily Omicron death Singapore

Australia’s Queensland state says peak of Omicron two weeks awaySYDNEY: Australia reported 64 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday, as the most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), said the Omicron Covid-19 variant w...

Russia sees record 49,513 Covid cases amid Omicron surge | New Straits TimesNSTworld Russia reported a record number of new coronavirus infections over the previous 24 hours, a government tally showed, with officials warning of surging cases driven by the Omicron variant. covid19

Malaysian protesters demand resignation of anti-graft chiefMalaysian protesters demand resignation of anti-graft chief Wearing masks and shouting “reject corruption”, the mostly black-clad crowd of about two hundred called for immediate action against Azam Baki theSun thesundaily rally anti-graft AzamBaki

Omicron semakin parah di Jakarta, lonjak kes Covid-19 Indonesia Omicron semakin parah di Jakarta, lonjak kes Covid-19 Indonesia moga rakyat indonesia tetap kuat berjuang jokowi

Milder Omicron may see easing of curbs | New Straits TimesKUALA LUMPUR: Early evidence suggests that Covid-19 Omicron infections may not only be milder but also shorter, thus, allowing for a reduced quarantine period. DGHisham Cancer shows mild symptoms initially,what happens in long term?Motivating public with word Mild is dangerous. No study yet to show it's immunogenetic potential of producing autoimmune Ab & Long Covid.Self awareness & Responsibility not fully developed yet in many of us DGHisham Responsibility and self awareness of following SOP & proper Masking are slowly deminishing and soon gone.We are not EU where Omicron is near peak. Delta is still prominent here. More the reason why strict SOP & proper masking are still needed here! No false belief yet. Wanted to add that 'mild' here means that you might feel like dying, but you likely wouldn't die. And that 'mild' here applies to vaccinated/boosted only.

Pix for representational purpose only.01- 22- 2022 06:01 PM SINGAPORE: A 92-year-old unvaccinated woman has died from complications related to the Omicron Covid-19 variant – the first Omicron-related death in Singapore, according to The Straits Times' report today.01- 22- 2022 01:57 PM People are turned away at a Covid-19 testing centre in Western Sydney that is closed due to full capacity in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Sydney, Australia, January 5, 2022..

PARIS : Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus to determine how its emergence could effect future pandemic spread. The initial Omicron variant has become the dominant virus strain in recent months but British health authorities have notably identified hundreds of cases of the latest version, dubbed BA. She died about 10 days later on Thursday, MOH was quoted as saying.2, while international data suggest it could spread relatively quickly. The national toll of 64 was down from its deadliest day since the start of the pandemic on Friday, when 86 people died. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) identified more than 400 cases in Britain in the first ten days of this month and has indicated the latest variant has been detected in some 40 other countries, accounting for a majority of most recent cases in some nations including India, Denmark and Sweden. As of noon Jan 21, Singapore reported 3,155 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total caseload to 307,813 with 846 deaths. The UKHSA indicated Friday it had designated the BA.

2 sub-lineage as a variant under investigation (VUI) as cases of it were on the increase even if, in Britain, the BA. Vaccination bookings for 5 to 11 year olds have only been available in Australia for two weeks, a schedule that means most children will not have had two doses before classes start.1 lineage currently remains dominant. The authority underlined that “there is still uncertainty around the significance of the changes to the viral genome,“ which required surveillance as, in parallel, cases in recent days showed a sharp rise in BA.2 incidence notably in India and Demark. Queensland health officials said the data affirmed a decision to delay the start of school in the northern state by two weeks to avoid the peak of Covid-19 cases. “What surprised us is the rapidity with which this sub-variant, which has been circulating to a great extent in Asia, has taken hold in Denmark,“ French epidemiologist Antoine Flahault told AFP.

Scientists must evaluate how the virus, which has engendered the worst global health crisis in a century, continues to evolve and mutate. Its latest incarnation does not possess the specific mutation used to track and compare BA. Nationally, around 55,000 new cases were reported on Saturday, compared to seven in Western Australia.1 against Delta, the previously dominant strain. BA.2 has yet to be designated a variant of concern -- but Flahault says countries have to be alert to the latest development as scientists ramp up surveillance. — Reuters.

“(France) expected a spike in contaminations in mid-January: It didn’t happen and perhaps that is due to this sub-variant, which seems very transmissible but not more virulent” than BA.1, he observed. “What interests us is if this (sub-variant) possesses different characteristics” from BA.1 in terms of contagiousness and severity, France’s public health agency said Friday. To date, only a handful of BA.

2 cases have emerged in France -- but the country is monitoring developments as they spread across the Channel. Flahault, director of the University of Geneva’s Institute of Global Health, says the watchword is not panic but “vigilance” as “for now we have the impression (BA.2 case) severity is comparable to” classic variant Omicron cases. “But there are numerous questions on the table” and a need to monitor properties of the new variant on the block. “Very early observations from India and Denmark suggest there is no dramatic difference in severity compared to BA.

1,“ tweeted Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College, London, adding the latest variant should not call into question the effectiveness of existing vaccines. Peacock stressed that “we do not currently have a strong handle on ... how much more transmissibility BA.

2 might have over BA.1. However, we can make some guesses/early observations.” He added that “there is likely to be minimal differences in vaccine effectiveness against BA.1 and BA.

2. Personally, I’m not sure BA.2 is going to have a substantial impact on the current Omicron wave of the pandemic. “Several countries are near, or even past the peak of BA.1 waves.

I would be very surprised if BA.2 caused a second wave at this point. Even with slightly higher transmissibility this absolutely is not a Delta-Omicron change and instead is likely to be slower and more subtle,“ he forecast. French Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday that BA.2 did not look as if it would prove a game-changer as variants appear on the scene “fairly regularly”.

But he indicated he would reserve judgment. “What we know for now is that (BA.2) more or less corresponds to the characteristics that we know of Omicron” mark one. -AFP .