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New Covid Variant: WHO begins investigation on new Aris variant, a case has come to India

Pankaj Prasad
New Covid Variant EG5
New Covid Variant EG5

The World Health Organization (WHO) has started an investigation on Eris emanating from the Omicron variant of Corona.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has started an investigation on Eris emanating from the Omicron variant of Corona. At present, WHO has included it in the category of Variant of Interest. It has been learned that since last April till now, a new Aris variant of Corona has been identified in many countries of the world including India, which is known as EG.5.

Meeting in geneva

In the meeting held in Geneva on Tuesday, WHO officials have said that not much evidence of Eris strain has been revealed so far. That's why it cannot be considered a serious strain at the moment. According to the time, as soon as the evidence comes in front of us, we will keep informing the member countries about it.

Corona came in the year 2019

In fact, at the time of the onset of the corona pandemic in 2019, the WHO placed the variant of the coronavirus under three categories. These include variant of interest, variant of concern and variant of high-consequence. WHO says that very few cases of EG.5 and its sub-lineage have been reported so far in the world. However, their number is considerable in the UK and the US, while a case was found in India during the month of May last, which also recovered in two days.

Need to be careful

The Eris variant, named EG 5.1 by the researchers, was first identified in July. The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised all countries, including the UK, to remain vigilant and follow appropriate COVID behaviour. Researchers say that the risk of severe or infectious variants due to ongoing mutations in the virus remains constant, we need to be very careful in this direction.

According to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), EG.5 is a descendant of the Omicron subvariant XBB.1.9.2. The virus with this strain has an additional mutation in the spike protein that gives it the ability to enter human cells and infect more quickly. So far, cases of EG.5 and EG.5.1 have been reported. Last August 7, 7354 genome sequences of EG.5 have been revealed in 51 countries.