“Centaurus” variant: New Covid-19 variant raises concern among experts

Experts have expressed concern over the emergence of the Omicron variant, which is growing rapidly in India and has already reached 10 countries, including the UK, US, Australia, Germany and Canada. It’s about a variant called “Centaurus,” he reports Guardian.

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The variant BA.2.75 was first detected in India in early May. Here, the number of cases increased at an accelerated pace and the most prevalent variant was apparently faster than BA.5.

In early July, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) classified it as a “surveillance option”, meaning there are some indications that it may be highly contagious or associated with a more serious disease, but no proof. It’s still over.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is also closely monitoring the new variant, although chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said there is still insufficient evidence to assess the severity of this new version of Covid-19.

In addition to its rapid growth and wide geographic spread, experts were alerted to the large number of additional mutations that BA.2.75 carries compared to BA.2.2.

What Rafila says about the new wave

Health Minister Alexandru Rafila, in the last two weeks, The number of COVID-19 cases has doubled. This trend will continue for about 4-5 weeks and we expect to reach 10,000 -12,000 new cases per day.

However, Rafila insisted that the severity of the illness was no longer an issue, speaking of a “trivial cold”.

“Fortunately, these are not serious cases. Most, if you like, colds, of course, there are serious cases that require hospitalization. We are already monitoring the loading of health units with people who need this kind of medical assistance,” the minister announced.

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The health minister noted that he did not believe there was a risk of the next academic year starting online due to the pandemic, as “the new epidemic wave will be over” in the fall.

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