😷 Fourth wave soon?

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Two cases of Omicron sublineage BA.2 have been detected in Bengaluru over the weekend. Overall, the number of Covid-19 cases has crossed 100 in a span of 24 hours, after a gap of 38 days.

What next: The Health Department has apparently decided to increase testing, especially in Bengaluru. Experts seem to suggest that the fourth wave could possibly start in Karnataka in the next 3-4 weeks.

  • Why this matters: In February, the World Health Organization reported that the proportion of cases with BA.2 sublineage, which includes both BA.2.10 and BA.2.12, has been increasing across the world. It also noted that the BA.2 β€œappears inherently more transmissible than BA.1”. Delhi and Mumbai have earlier reported cases with BA.2 variant.

Places of interest: Health officials in Bengaluru have noted a spike in cases from Mahadevapura and East Zones of the city. There is a high concentration of IT companies in the area. Officials have advised people to be more vigilant in the coming days.

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