A new sub-strain of COVID-19 has emerged in India
World Health Organization (WHO) officials reported the appearance of “a new sub-strain” of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in India and an increase in cases worldwide of nearly 30% in the last two weeks.
In addition, the World Health Organization said that in Europe and America, the increase in the number of cases is due to the variants BA.4 and BA.5, and in countries like India, the organization is tracking a new sub-strain called BA.2.75.
The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the level of screening is very low in many countries. He said, “This obscures the true picture of an evolving virus and the true burden of COVID-19 disease around the world.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also pointed out that new treatments, especially the new and promising oral antivirals, are not reaching low- and middle-income countries, depriving the population in need of treatment.
Importantly, as the virus evolves, the protection of vaccines – while still highly effective in preventing severe disease and death – is diminishing. The director-general of the U.N. Health Agency warned that each new wave of the virus results in more people being infected with COVID-19 in the long term.
“Obviously, this affects individuals and their families, but it also places an additional burden on health systems, the broader economy and society as a whole,” he said.