India’s first case of Omicron subvariant BQ.1 detected in Pune, Maharashtra

In the midst of a rise in infections in the state, the Maharashtra health department announced on Monday that the genome sequencing of a Pune resident’s sample had discovered the country’s first instance of Omicron subvariant BQ.1. Pradeep Awate, a state surveillance officer, highlighted the discovery and stated that high-risk patients should take safeguards, according to the officer.

According to Awate, Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad are now the only places where instances are increasing. In particular over the festive season, he warned that the cases would rise. In particular for high-risk patients, “we need to observe…precautions.” Ignore any symptoms that may be the flu. Consult a doctor as soon as possible. In public settings, observe Covid proper behavior.

The two descendants of omicron’s BA.5 subvariant, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, have both been characterized as dangerous since they could resist the countermeasures that can be used against Covid-19. Over 10% of all active cases in the US are attributable to them.

In Maharashtra, Covid-19 instances rose 17.7% during the week that concluded on October 16. The state announced 201 Covid-19 instances on Monday. In Maharashtra, the case fatality rate is 1.82%. There were 23 new cases in Pune.

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