Alert in the US due to the presence of a new subvariant of Ómicron | News
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of April 16, the BA.2 subvariant of the omicron variant, along with its BA.2.12.1 sublineage, make up 90 percent of positive cases in the United States.
82,594,626 cases were confirmed in the United States
The New York Department of Health (NYC Health) stated that the increase in cases in the city was due to the BA.2.12 and BA.12.1 sublineages. The same are more communicable than BA.2.
“For the month of March, BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1 increased to collectively comprise more than 70 percent prevalence in Central New York and more than 20 percent prevalence in the neighboring Finger Lakes region,” details the Department.
.@HealthNYGov‘s scientists and epidemiologists continue to provide New Yorkers with the latest information on the Omicron subvariants here in New York State. Visit our variant page to see the latest on BA.2.12.1 and more: https://t.co/jaRqk0qiNH
— Dr. Mary T. Bassett (@DrMaryTBassett)
April 22, 2022
The state health commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett, warned about the contagiousness of the variant and urged the population to take care of themselves and get vaccinated, saying “although these subvariants are new, the tools to combat them are not.”
From April 4 to 16, BA.2 caused 74.4 percent of infections in the country, while BA.2.12.1 accounted for 19 percent.
The US reported 69,897 positive cases last Friday, where the states with the most worrying figures are California, Texas, Florida and New York.
The BA.2 variant has spread to other countries in the world such as the United Kingdom, where the professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, Tim Spector explained that “the changes from BA.1 to BA.2 have been quite subtle, maybe runny nose and fatigue [han] increasing”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last Friday that based on the data analyzed by the Technical Advisory Group on the Evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus- “the BA.2 sublineage should continue to be considered a variant worrying and that it should continue to be classified within the omicron variant”.