First case of Omicron subvariant BQ.1 detected in Pune

The Maharashtra health department announced on Monday, amid a rise in infections in the state, that the genome sequencing of a Pune resident’s sample had discovered India’s first case of Omicron subvariant BQ.1.

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The Maharashtra health department announced on Monday, amid a rise in infections in the state, that the genome sequencing of a Pune resident’s sample had discovered India’s first case of Omicron subvariant BQ.1. Pradeep Awate cited the discovery, according to a state surveillance official, and warned that high-risk patients should take safeguards.

The two strains of omicron’s BA.5 subvariant, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, have both been characterised as dangerous since they could resist the interventions that can be used against Covid-19. Over 10% of all active cases in the US are attributable to them.

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In Maharashtra, Covid-19 cases rose 17.7% during the week that concluded on October 16. The state announced 201 Covid-19 instances on Monday. In Maharashtra, the case fatality rate is 1.82%. There were 23 new cases in Pune.

In a conversation with Hindustan Times, state surveillance officer Awate said the rise in cases is at the moment limited to Thane, Raigad, and Mumbai. He said the cases could increase especially during the festive season. “…we need to observe…precautions, especially for high-risk patients. Do not ignore flu-like symptoms. Seek medical advice at the earliest. Observe Covid appropriate behaviour in public places.”

He advised people to take the vaccine as per the government guidelines. “People with comorbidities need to take extra precautions while visiting public places. Persons suffering from an influenza-like illness should avoid public contact as much as possible.”