omicron: 4 Omicron Variants Found In 13 Samples Tested At Igims | Patna News

PATNA: Four new Omicron variants of Covid-19 have been detected in 13 samples after genome sequencing at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna.
However, no XE variant was found in any of the samples tested there, authorities said.
Altogether 13 samples of the Covid positive persons collected between February 18 and April 7 were subjected to genome sequencing at the microbiology lab of IGIMS and their reports came out on Wednesday.
“As per the medical experts, there are seven variants of Omicron and some of the states are feeling their effects. However, those found in Bihar have lesser severity. The government is alert about the new variants,” state health minister Mangal Pandey said on Thursday.
IGIMS medical superintendent Dr Manish Mandal said all the 13 persons had tested positive at IGIMS during Covid-19 tests and five reported the BA.2 variant and six BA. 2.10. One sample each tested for BA.2.10.1 and BA. 2.12 variants. “There is no case of XE variant detected in the state till date,” he said.
He also clarified that the recombinant variants, that is a combination of two coronavirus strains, may have faster transmissibility and cause severe health problems.
“The XE variant reported in Mumbai, Delhi and some other parts of the country is a combination of Alpha and Omicron and hence a matter of concern,” he added.
Dr Mandal said none of these 13 patients needed hospitalisation, indicating less infectivity or severity of these variants.

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