India hit by a new corona variant, reveals Israeli scientist

An Israeli scientist has revealed that a new corona variant has been found in India.

Dr Shay Fleishon, with the Central Virology Laboratory at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer said a new coronavirus variant BA.2.75 has been detected in, at least, ten Indian states.

The revelation made in a series of tweets by the Israeli scientist has sent the medical fraternity and pandemic observers into a tizzy. Israeli scientist Dr Shay Fleishon said that about ten states in India have detected a new sub-variant of coronavirus BA.2.75.

Dr Shay Fleishon said that “85 sequences have been uploaded so far, mainly from 10 Indian states and 7 other countries. No transmission could be tracked based on sequences outside India yet.”

He also gave a break up of these cases, saying as of July 2, 2022, 27 cases were reported in Indian state of Maharasthra, 13 in West Bengal, one each in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, six in Haryana, three in Himachal Pradesh, 10 in Karnataka, five in Madhya Pradesh and two in Telangana while one in Jammu region of IIOJK.

A total of 69 cases of the new subtype have been seen in India, he said.