“Arcturus” has already been registered in five countries: India (48 laboratory-confirmed cases), Brunei (22 cases), the United States (15 cases), Singapore (14) and Canada, while there had a sharp increase in incidence. in India, according to the Indian edition. India time.
“A new championship contender in the evolutionary race among over 874 Omicron sublines and 154 SARS-CoV-2 recombinants has emerged – the XBB.1.6 – Arcturus variant. The preliminary growth advantage is +166%. Existing mutations in this variant are alarming to scientists due to a possible increase in pathogenicity (disease symptoms),” commented Alexander Solovyov, a leading expert from the National Medical Association for the Development of Activities. of experts in the field of laboratory diagnostics “MedLabExpert”. the message about the new mutant.
In India, most XBB.1.6 variants are now detected in the central Indian state of Maharashtra – from the same region, the “Delta” strain had previously spread worldwide.
“In addition to this variant, scientists are monitoring another fast-growing Omicron variant in several countries in Africa with a predominant distribution in Côte d’Ivoire. This variant of recombinant XBB also has an unpleasant mutation that may increase pathogenicity. of the virus. The next 2-3 weeks will provide more information on the new options and the risks associated with their distribution”, concluded the expert on his Telegram channel.
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