Concern over new Omicron mutation discovered in Hong Kong

A leading health professional in Thailand has expressed concern a few new Omicron sub-variant that has surfaced in Hong Kong.
Dr Chalermchai Boonyaleephan, the vice chair of the Public Health Commission, says Omicron has now mutated into three sub-variants, the most recent being the BA.2.2 mutation reported in Hong Kong. The territory is presently experiencing its worst Covid-19 wave to date, with the world’s highest fatality fee, notably among care home residents and the unvaccinated inhabitants.
He’s additionally known as on the Thai authorities to display arrivals from Britain and Hong Kong for the Omicron BA.2.2 subvariant, in accordance with Nation Thailand.
Chalermchai says that when the an infection price could be very high, such as in Hong Kong in the intervening time, this makes “mutation of the virus extra likely”.
He claims in his publish that the variety of infections and deaths in Hong Kong coincides with the emergence of the BA.2.2 subvariant.The information reveals that there are currently about 5,000 infections and 30 deaths per million folks in Hong Kong every week. That figure is much greater than Thailand’s common 315 circumstances and 0.85 deaths, per million, per week.
According to a current Reuters report, government data shows that solely around 53% of individuals over the age of 80 are vaccinated. Some say the government’s give consideration to testing the aged inhabitants instead of vaccinating them has partly contributed to the crisis it now has on its arms.
However, in relation to the reported mutation, the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data has not yet confirmed BA.2.2 as a new variant, or credited it with the rise in deaths in Hong Kong. Supakit Sirilak from Thailand’s Department of Medical Sciences says confirming a brand new variant is a process that takes time and that the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data is performing swiftly to achieve extra knowledge.
GISAID beforehand confirmed the existence of the so-called Deltracron variant, first reported in Cyprus. However, it emerged shortly after that the speculation that the Omicron variant and Delta variant had merged to create a brand new mutation was incorrect. Supakit says GISAID has taken a more cautious approach to confirming the existence of new variants since.
The organisation has thus far confirmed the existence of 5 variants of Covid-19. Of those, Omicron currently accounts for 90% of new infections.
“Currently, Don’t worry has not accepted it. (BA.2.2) has solely been known as such among Hong Kong scientists. Actually, one other variant named BA.2.three is discovered within the Philippines and is much more common than BA.2.2. To declare a brand new variant, the method takes time and needs to meet a set of standards – the speed at which it spreads, its severity, and its ability to evade immunity.”

Dr. Chalermchai also confirmed that there has been no Omicron BA.2.2 infections found in Thailand at this time..

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