Copenhagen: The BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which is dominant in Denmark, seems extra contagious than the extra frequent BA.1 sub-lineage, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke stated on Wednesday (January 26, 2022) in a nationwide handle.
“There is no evidence that the BA.2 variant causes more disease, but it must be more contagious,” Heunicke instructed a information convention.
The BA.1 lineage at present accounts for 98% of all instances globally however in Denmark has been pushed apart by BA.2, which grew to become the dominant pressure within the second week of January.
The UK Health Security Agency has designated BA.2 a variant below investigation, saying it might have a development benefit.
Preliminary calculations counsel BA.2 could possibly be 1.5 occasions extra infectious than BA.1, Denmark`s high infectious illness authority, Statens Serum Institut (SSI), stated in a observe on Wednesday.
However, an preliminary evaluation by the institute confirmed no distinction within the danger of hospitalization for BA.2 in comparison with BA.1.
“There is some indication that it is more contagious, especially for the unvaccinated, but that it can also infect people who have been vaccinated to a greater extent,” SSI`s technical director Tyra Grove Krause stated on the briefing.
This might imply the height of Denmark`s epidemic will lengthen a bit additional into February than the sooner forecast, Krause stated.
BA.2 instances have additionally been registered in Britain, Sweden and Norway, however to a a lot lesser extent than in Denmark.
Denmark on Wednesday introduced plans to scrap the final of its covid-19 restrictions by Feb 1, the most recent nation in Europe to take action regardless of file excessive every day an infection numbers.