New Delhi: Cases of coronavirus infection in India are receding, but at least five new sub-variants of the Omicron variant have been detected in different states in the last few days.
So far, no serious illness has been reported due to these sub-variants, “but many times the behavior of the virus is unknown, so it is important to be cautious,” senior health ministry sources said.
The Ministry monitors hospitalization rates, the need for ICU care, and deaths. A meeting was held yesterday with the various departments that monitor this data.
Sub-variants — BF.7, BQ.1, XBB, and some combinations — have so far been reported from Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
In China, where the pandemic began, new sub-variants have led to a recent surge in Covid, a ministry source said.
Cases all over China are caused by BF.7. The World Health Organization has issued a warning about the highly infectious subvariant. He predicts that this subvariant will become the new dominant strain of the virus.
India reported a one-day rise of 1,946 coronavirus cases, while active cases fell to 25,968, according to government data updated on Wednesday.
The Covid-related death toll has climbed to 5,28,923 with 10 deaths including six in the last few days, the Kerala government announced today. Of the four new victims, two are from Maharashtra and one each from Haryana and West Bengal.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 0.75 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 1.01 percent, the health ministry said.