Kuwait City, 15th April 2022:
2 New Omicron Subvariants, BA.2.12 & BA.2.12.1, Are Rising Cases In New York
Two New Omicron Subvariants, BA.2.12 & BA.2.12.1, Are Fueling Rising Covid Cases In New York
At present there are a number of Omicron sub-lineages we’re following closely, including BA.2, BA.4 and BA.5 and another recombinant detected, made up of BA.1 and BA.2,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today. That recombinant is called XE and, until today was the newest more-transmissible variant raising concern.
Now there are subvariants BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1.
The New York State Department of Public Health today announced the rapid rise of two new Omicron subvariants in the state, dubbed BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1. They are sublineages of the BA.2 variant, and thought to have a 23%–27% growth advantage over BA.2, which itself had an estimated 30% growth advantage over the original Omicron.