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India detects another Omicron Sub-variant BA.5, NRI on Gujarat visit tests positive for virus

This time, a 29-year-old NRI, who recently came to Vadodara in Gujarat from South Africa, was found to be infected

India detects another Omicron Sub-variant BA.5, NRI on Gujarat visit tests positive for virus
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India has detected the second case of Omicron BA.5 variant. This time, a 29-year-old NRI, who recently came to Vadodara in Gujarat from South Africa, was found to be infected with the highly-transmittable COVID variant.

According to the reports, the man, who lives in South Africa, was tested positive on May 1 after he arrived in Vadodara to meet his parents.

He had left for New Zealand on May 10 after testing negative for the virus, Vadodara Municipal Corporation's chief health officer Dr Devesh Patel said.

His sample was sent to a laboratory in Gandhinagar for genome sequence.

The report, received on Tuesday, confirmed that he was infected with the BA.5 sub-variant of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, he said.

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) had on Sunday confirmed the presence of the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants of the coronavirus in India- one case in Tamil Nadu and another in Telangana.

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