New COVID sub-variant BA 2.75 detected in India, says WHO

A new sub-lineage BA.2.75 of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in countries like India, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“On COVID-19, globally reported cases have increased nearly 30 percent over the past two weeks. Four out of six of the WHO sub-regions saw cases increase in the last week,” Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

He went on to say: “In Europe and America, BA.4 and BA.5 are driving waves. In countries like India a new sub-lineage of BA.2.75 has also been detected, which we’re following.”

So far 10 states have reported BA.2.75 variants including Delhi and Maharashtra and Union has already declared it to be a variant of concern.

World Health Organisation (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan hinted that it looks different from the previous variants but said, ‘it is too early to say whether it can cause severe infections.’