XBB Sub-variant: The threat of a new wave of Corona, WHO's Chief Scientist warns
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned that some countries could see another wave of Covid infection due to the XBB sub-variant of Omicron. The XBB variant has been reported to have a much higher number of mutations than the previous Omicron sub-variant. It has been mutated several times by now.
The pandemic coronavirus is not over yet. Coronavirus infection is increasing in many countries of the world including India. Its new variants are coming out in the last few days. Once again a new wave of coronavirus can come and wreak havoc all over the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning regarding this. According to the WHO, a new wave of XBB sub-variant XBB of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 may arrive in some countries. Several cases of XBB sub-variants have been reported in Maharashtra. At least 18 cases of Omicron's XBB sub-variant have been reported in the first fortnight of October.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO), has issued a warning to many countries about a new wave of XBB sub-variants of Omicron. Dr. Swaminathan said that there are more than 300 sub-variants of Omicron. XBB remains a cause of concern at the present time. This variant has the ability to evade the immune system. Antibodies also have no effect on this. In such a situation, gradually due to XBB, a new wave of infection may come in some countries.
Dr. Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospitals said about the corona pandemic that this is the festive season and people will have to interact more with each other at homes and workplaces. The fine for not wearing a mask has been removed. But keeping in mind their safety, people must wear masks before going to open and crowded places. Mask is the only solution.
Omicron's sub-variant XBB has been spreading rapidly in many countries for the past few days. People in Singapore have been affected the most by this variant. The XBB variant of Omicron is a combination variant of BA.2.75 and BJ.1 itself. There are over 300 sub-variants of Omicron, but the XBB is the most dangerous. It can evade the immune system. Therefore antibodies also do not affect it. It has been confirmed in many countries including Singapore, and India.
Several cases of XBB sub-variants have been reported in Maharashtra. At least 18 cases of Omicron's XBB sub-variant have been reported here in the first fortnight of October. A health official said that out of these 13 cases were reported from Pune, two cases each from Nagpur and Thane and one case from Akola district.