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New species of Omicron requires deeper sequencing
The new sub-variant was registered on 14 January with three people in Uppsala and has already been named BA.2.
Scientists from the Academic Laboratory in the Swedish city of Uppsala have identified a new mutation of the Omicron coronavirus strain. This is reported Interfax-Ukraine on Monday, January 17th.
It is indicated that a new sub-variant was registered on January 14 in three people and has already received the name BA.2.
The representative of the laboratory, Mats Martinel, explained that very little is known about the new mutation. He acknowledged that there may be more cases of BA.2 in Uppsala, as the new species of Omicron requires deeper sequencing and it is likely that some of those infected have not been detected.
Earlier, the WHO announced that COVID-19 is becoming an endemic disease. Coronavirus often mutates, so it is difficult to predict the development of a pandemic, the organization said.
It also became known that scientists in the United States have discovered antibodies that neutralize Omicron and other strains of coronavirus.