Contagious subvariant of Covid-19 Omicron strain detected in Russia - South Arkansas Sun

A more contagious subvariant of the Covid-19 Omicron strain has slipped into Russia

A senior official at the national consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said.

Kamil Khafizov, the head of genome research at Rospotrebnadzor's Central Research Institute for Epidemiology

Samples date back to late May," Khafizov said.

The scientist added that the BA.2 subtype still accounted for 95% of all new cases in Russia.

A number of studies published recently have revealed that variants, known as BA.4 and BA.5

The head of the World Health Organization warned in May that Omicron sublineages BA.4 and BA.5 were driving a surge of the disease in unvaccinated countries

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