BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron detected in Pune man

The genome sequencing of the samples enabled the selection of sporadic cases of the BA.5 sub variant from Omicron in Pune, Maharashtra. A genetic sequencing report from BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital on Saturday diagnosed a 37-year-old man from Pune with the BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron. He returned from England on May 21 and was fully vaccinated.

His sample was processed at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. “The patient, who was showing mild symptoms, was diagnosed with Covid disease on June 2 and was treated after being in home isolation,” said Dr Pradeep Await, Maharashtra State Surveillance Officer.

Dr Rajesh Kariyakart, the state’s coordinator of genome sequencing, said there were no major symptoms and authorities were closely monitoring admissions to the intensive care unit and hospitals. We are also tracking the variant, and sporadic cases of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subtypes have so far been diagnosed.

Maharashtra reported its first cases of Covid-19 with BA.4 and BA.5 sub variants in at least seven cases in Pune. A 31-year-old woman from the city tested positive for the BA.5 subvariate on June 7.

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There are 14,858 active cases in the state on Saturday. Among the 2,922 new cases reported, a total of 228 were from the Pune region. Tests have been increased in Pune. About 2,699 samples were tested, of which 222 tested positive for Covid 19 infection on Friday. Of these, 137 were from the city and 50 were from Pimbri Chinchwad.

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