Sources from the Indian Ministry of Health announced today, Thursday, that India has detected new variants of Covid-19, a total of 11 among international travelers who arrived in the country during the period from December 24 to January 3.
Among the 19,227 passengers who underwent a COVID-19 test during this period, 124 tested positive for coronavirus, according to the sources.
The most prevalent variant
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization revealed the most transmissible variant of the Coronavirus, since the start of the epidemic in late 2019.
According to the organization, the mutant known as “XBB. 1.5”, belonging to “Omicron”, is the most infectious variant of all the strains discovered so far.
But the good news is that the aforementioned mutant, according to the organization, causes a mild disease like its predecessor, “Omicron”.
Two killer waves
India witnessed two deadly waves of covid in 2020 and 2021, but infection levels declined in 2022.
The government was heavily criticized for its poor preparation during the second wave in the summer of 2021 when many people died from a lack of oxygen and vital medicines.