Tamil Nadu Reports First Case Of Omicron BA.4 Variant

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu has reported its first case of Omicron BA.4 variant. Following this, the health department has appealed the public ‘not to panic’.

Tamil Nadu Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said the 19-year-old woman detected with the new variant was visited by top health officials on Friday.

She has recovered and was doing fine, he said.

A release by the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine said a total of 3,328 samples were subjected to ‘Whole Genome Sequencing’ between January and May 2022 and 96 per cent of the variant was detected to be of Omicron.

While BA.2 variant was widely reported, BA.1 variant of Omicron was also reported in some samples collected, the release said.

It also pointed out that the majority of COVID-19 cases reported at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Sri Sathya Medical College near here were a cluster of COVID-19 cases comprising BA.2 variant.

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