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Omicron Subvariants BA.4 And BA.5 Detected In India Confirms INSACOG

Omicron Subvariants BA.4 And BA.5 Detected In India Confirms INSACOG

On Sunday, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) confirmed the detection of the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 in India. The first one has been detected in Tamil Nadu and the other one in Telangana. Recently, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) designated both BA.4 and BA.5 variants as Variants for Concern (VOC) and said it could affect the infection rate, with over 12% to 13% growth advantage over the Omicron’s BA.2 sub-lineage. The South African scientists who discovered Omicron’s sublineages said that they might evade the effect of existing vaccines and natural immunity from prior covid-19 infections. The first two subvariants of the Omicron variant were labelled as BA.1 and BA.2. Now the current list also includes BA.1.1, BA. 3, BA.4 and BA.5. Both the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have been detected in several countries, including South Africa and now India. While reports suggest that the BA.4 subvariant has been detected in Austria, the United Kingdom, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Botswana, the Netherlands, and France, the BA.5 has been found in Germany, the United States, Australia, Canada, Norway and Pakistan. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,022 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.75%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,022 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 14,832. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with registering 2,099 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,25,99,102. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.69% and 0.49%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 84.70 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 192.38 crore covid-19 doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

WHO Honours ASHA Workers For Their Crucial Role In Linking Community With The Health System

On Sunday, the World Health Organisation Director-General’s Global Health Leaders Awards recognised ASHA’s “crucial role in linking the community with the health system and ensuring that those living in rural poverty can access primary health care services”. The WHO also added that ASHA all-women workers have “provided maternal care and immunisation for children against vaccine-preventable diseases; community health care; treatment for hypertension and tuberculosis and core areas of health promotion for nutrition, sanitation and healthy living.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lauded the ASHA workers and wrote: “Delighted that the entire team of ASHA workers have been conferred the @WHO Director-General’s Global Health Leaders’ Award. Congratulations to all ASHA workers. They are at the forefront of ensuring a healthy India. Their dedication and determination is admirable,” Along with PM Narendra Modi, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya also extended his warmest greetings to the ASHA all-women workers. As part of the 75th World Health Assembly, the Awards were announced by the World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “These awardees embody lifelong dedication, relentless advocacy, a commitment to equity, and selfless service of humanity,” said Dr Tedros. 

PM Narendra Modi Arrives In Japan On A Two-Day Visit To Attend QUAD Summit

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on a two-day visit to attend the QUAD summit that aims at further cooperation between the member nations and promotes developments in the Indo-Pacific region. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote in both Japanese and English: “Landed in Tokyo. Will be taking part in various programmes during this visit, including the Quad Summit, meeting fellow Quad leaders, and interacting with Japanese business leaders and the vibrant Indian diaspora,” The QUAD Summit will take place on May 24 and would be attended by the United States President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australian Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the Japan visit, PM Narendra Modi will also participate in the US President’s unveiling of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) in Tokyo, a US initiative for trade partnerships in the region. 

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