Danish Well being Minister Magnus Heunicke steered on Wednesday that the subvariant of Omicron current in Denmark, referred to as BA.2, was much more contagious than the BA.1 pressure, which presently accounts for 98% of all instances globally.
“There isn’t any proof that the BA.2 variant causes extra illness, however it have to be extra contagious,” Heunicke advised a information convention.
The BA.2 Covid subvariant might be 1.5 occasions extra infectious than BA.1, in keeping with estimates made by the Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Denmark’s prime infectious illness authority.
“There may be some indication that it’s extra contagious, particularly for the unvaccinated, however that it may possibly additionally infect individuals who have been vaccinated to a better extent,” the SSI’s technical director, Tyra Grove Krause, stated on the briefing.
She famous that, because of this, the present wave of infections will probably prolong additional into February than beforehand forecast.
The BA.2 subvariant has additionally been recorded in Britain, Sweden, and Norway, however is significantly much less prevalent in these international locations.
It has been registered as a variant underneath investigation by the UK Well being Safety Company, which famous its capability for development. Preliminary evaluation steered it was no more more likely to trigger hospitalization than BA.1.
On Wednesday night, Denmark additionally eliminated the final of its Covid-19 restrictions, saying it not considers the virus to be a “socially crucial illness.”
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