91 cases of new subvariant found

Maharashtra authorities have reportedly identified 91 cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron subvariant KP.2. This variant has emerged as the primary driver of cases in various countries around the world, overtaking the previously circulating JN.1 variant.

According to the Times of India, 51 cases of the KP.2 variant have been reported in Pune, followed by 20 cases in Thane. The emergence of KP.2, detected globally in January, has significantly changed the landscape of COVID-19 transmission. Worryingly, it has now been confirmed to be the dominant variant in the United States.

Maharashtra also first identified cases of this subvariant in early January. By March and April, it had become the dominant strain in the region.

The lineage of KP.2 can be traced to its predecessor JN.1, which gained prominence as the dominant COVID strain by the end of 2023. The surge in cases seen in March, averaging about 250 detections a day, led to the rapid spread of the KP.2 variant across the state.

Apart from Pune and Thane, additional cases of the KP.2 variant have been identified in various districts. Seven cases each were reported in Amravati and Aurangabad, while two cases were reported in Solapur.

Apart from this, isolated cases of KP.2 variant were reported in Ahmednagar, Nashik, Latur and Sangli. Notably, no cases have been reported from Mumbai, underscoring the uneven distribution of this emerging strain across Maharashtra.

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