A new variable worries experts

Social media experts have already christened it Arthur (Arcturus), as a red giant and is the brightest star in the constellation Bootes, the fourth brightest star in the sky. It is XBB.1.16, latest version Recombinant Omicron. The spotlight has shifted to her because The new peak of Covid being recorded in India can be attributed to its presence It is highly disclosed. Pediatrician Vipin M. Vashishtha, former coordinator of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and member of WHO’s Vaccine Safety Network (Vsn) initiative, reports in a tweet about the first case intercepted in China and explains the current situation. It has been detected in 17 countries, including Canada and Singapore, with a total of 474 isolates.

For the expert, the Indian situation must be monitored, to understand whether this mutant is able to overcome the immunity of the population that has encountered various variants, from Centaurus to Kraken. Interest in the country is then high For the first time in 2023, the number of daily cases exceeded 1,100, even if the current trend of hospitalizations and deaths is not worrisome according to some local experts. The Arturo variant was also mentioned in a technical briefing from the British agency Ukhsa (the UK’s Health Security Agency), which monitors any “signals” on the horizon. Among those who are under the spotlight, for reasons ranging from growth related to mutation profiles of a particular species, XBB.1.16 is also mentioned, along with XBB.1.9.1 (which is growing proportionately fast and seems to be the only one with a significant growth advantage over the Kraken). , albeit in small numbers), and XBB.1.9.2.

with regard to ArthurThe British report states that “It is a strain with 3 additional Spike mutations, found both in the UK and internationally’, although the ‘total number of samples’ remains low. WHO still does not cite XBB.1.16, at least in the last two weekly updates, but generally refers to the high weight of Omicron and XBB family benchmarks, as well as in India, The increase in Covid cases comes at a time when the spread of H3N2 influenza is increasing, a situation that health authorities in the country are calling for surveillance and caution.

Harold Manning

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