Omicron's sub-variant BA.2 more contagious, gradually increasing in India, know more

Friday, 28 Jan, 7.41 am

NEW DELHI: The prevalence of Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 is more contagious and gradually increasing in India, the Union Health Ministry has warned while briefing about the Covid-19 situation in the country.

Sujeet Kumar Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Thursday said, “Omicron sub-variant BA.2 is more prevalent in comparison to the BA.1 variant in India now.’’ He, however, added that BA.3 sub-variant has not been detected in India yet.

"Earlier, the BA.1 variant was dominant among the samples collected from the travellers. Now in community settings, we have found that the BA.2 sub-variant is gradually increasing," Singh said.

Talking about increasing cases of Omicron, Singh said that out of the total genome sequencing reports received so far, increasing cases of Omicron have been found in the month of January.