Maha gov’t warns of Covid spike citing evasive XBB variant, festive season

Following a 17.7% increase in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra this week compared to last week, the state health department on Monday cited the XBB variant, first found in the country, as well as winters and the holiday season as factors likely to fuel further spikes.

An official health department bulletin said the XBB variant reported in the state had “a growth advantage over BA.2.75 and immune evasion property.”

The BA.2.3.20 and BQ.1 variants were also detected in the state, a first for the country, he added.

He said new cases of COVID-19 increased by 17.17% during the period from October 10 to 16 compared to last week between October 3 and 9, with this increase particularly noticed in cities. densely populated Thane, Raigad and Mumbai.

“Some experts predict an increase (in cases) in the coming winter season, especially in festive surroundings,” the bulletin warns.

He said the proportion of BA.2.75, a sub-variant of Omicron, among detected cases had risen from 95% to 76%.

The state health department said people should not ignore flu-like symptoms and should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

“They should observe COVID-appropriate behavior at the earliest. People with comorbidities should take extra precautions when visiting public places. People with flu-like illnesses should avoid public contact as much as possible,” said advised the department bulletin.

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