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BA.2 virus is a subvariant of Omicron is globally spreading at a faster pace. It is not only violent spread that is of major concern but its ability to develop resistance against existing vaccines is also alarming.
According to the latest report, BA.2 have the ability to cause serious COVID-19 infections even when it is compared with the previous existing variants.
It has also been studied that BA.2 exhibits resistance to a variety of treatments that are in common practice. This also includes the monoclonal antibody sotrovimab which is currently used for the treatment of omicron.
Dr Daniel Rhoads, who is the section director of microbiology said that "It might be, from a human's perspective, a worse virus than BA.1 and might be able to transmit better and cause worse disease."
The country’s daily COVID-19 statistics are given below:
Statistics 18 Feb 22:— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) February 18, 2022
Total Tests in Last 24 Hours: 48,744
Positive Cases: 2400
Positivity %: 4.92%
Patients on Critical Care: 1496
During a comparative analysis study, researchers learned that BA.2 is a virus that has a multitude of mutations. It also exhibits numerous changes from the original omicron variant.
Thus it is also considered to be widely different from all the recent pandemic viruses in existence such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants.
In the real world there still exists a plethora of theoretical information on BA.2 that still needs to be thoroughly researched.