Researchers in Japan have claimed in a study that XBB.1.5, a subspecies of the Omicron form of Corona, is highly contagious. This subform has the potential to spread very quickly.
According to researchers, even after three years, the fear of corona virus remains. However, there are highly effective vaccines against it. Despite this, monitoring of genetic changes in its virus is very important. Through the study published in The Lancet Infection Diseases journal, a team led by Japanese researchers recently succeeded in characterizing the new XBB.1.5 subtype, which was first detected in October 2022.
The XBB.1.5 subform of Omicron can spread more rapidly than the previous form and has a higher potential to generate the next form, said Kei Sato, a professor at The Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan. In such a situation, apprehension can be raised about the epidemic growth. For that we must carefully monitor the safety of public health.
New mutation in spike protein
According to the researchers, the new mutation is in the spike protein of the XBB.1.5 subtype. Prof. of the Department of Systems Virology, University of Tokyo. Keia Uriu pointed out, amino acid substitutions in the spike protein and increased virulence remain a major problem in the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. Last year, the XBB.1.5 variant gave rise to the XBB.1 progeny, which spread rapidly in the US due to a substitution in the spike protein. Researchers believe that all countries should seriously monitor the changes of the virus.
Corona’s graph rising, 754 new cases registered in a day
New Delhi. After a gap of four months, more than 700 cases of corona infection have been reported in the country in a single day. With this, the number of patients being treated for corona has increased to 4,623. Earlier on November 12 last year, 734 cases of corona were registered in the country.
According to the updated data released by the Union Health Ministry at 8 am on Thursday, after the death of one patient due to infection in Karnataka in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the country has increased to 5,30,790. The total number of Covid cases reported so far has reached 4.46 crore (4,46,92,710). So far, a total of 4,41,57,297 people have become infection free in India, while the death rate from Kovid-19 is 1.19 percent. The national rate of recovery of patients is 98.80 percent.