In Pune, India, the first case of Omicron subvariant BQ.1 was discovered
Pradeep Awate, a state surveillance officer, cited the detection and advised high-risk patients to take precautions.
The Maharashtra health department announced on Monday that the state’s first case of Omicron subvariant BQ.1 was discovered during genome sequencing of a Pune resident’s sample. Pradeep Awate, a state surveillance officer, cited the detection and advised high-risk patients to take precautions.
BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are the two descendants of omicron’s BA.5 subvariant, and both have been described as dangerous because they could evade the Covid-19 interventions. They are responsible for more than 10% of all active cases in the United States.
In Maharashtra, Covid-19 cases increased by 17.7% in the week ending October 16. The state reported 201 Covid-19 cases on Monday. In Maharashtra, the case fatality rate is 1.82%. Pune police reported 23 new cases.
According to Awate, the increase in cases is currently limited to Thane, Raigad, and Mumbai. He predicted that the number of cases would rise, particularly during the holiday season. “…we must take precautions, especially for high-risk patients.” Ignore any flu-like symptoms. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Maintain appropriate behaviour in public places.”
He urged people to get vaccinated in accordance with government guidelines. “People with comorbidities should exercise extra caution when visiting public places.” People suffering from an influenza-like illness should avoid contact with the public as much as possible.”