Virologists are worried about the Centaur, a new subvariant of the coronavirus

Virologists are worried about the Centaur, a new subvariant of the coronavirus

An Omikron variant of BA.2.75 called “Kentaur” has been discovered in India, Great Britain, USA, Australia, Germany and Canada. Virologists are now worried about the emergence of a new strain of the omicron variant of the coronavirus that is spreading rapidly.

Variant omicron BA.2.75. named “Centaur” was first detected in India in May this year, after which the number of cases of infection with the strain slowly increased, and now it seems to be spreading faster than the previous strain.

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) designated the new strain as a “variant under surveillance” on July 7, meaning there is some indication that it could be transmitted more quickly or be associated with more severe forms of the disease.

In addition to the apparent rapid increase in the number of infected, virologists are concerned about the number of additional mutations that BA.2.75 contains compared to the earlier BA.2 strain from which it probably evolved.

“This could mean it had an opportunity to develop an advantage over an already successful variant of the virus,” said Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds.

The European Agency for Health and Medicine published recommendations for the so-called the second booster dose, i.e. the fourth vaccine against the coronavirus, with an emphasis on sensitive groups and people over 60 years old.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of coronavirus cases in most of Europe has been increasing sharply since the end of May.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 619 samples were reported to the Institute of Public Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of which 80 were positive for SARS-CoV-2. New cases were registered in all cantons in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, except in Bosnia-Podrinje and Una-Sana.

Testing at the Institute for Public Health of the Republika Srpska, the University Clinical Center of the RS, the University Hospital in Foča and the hospitals of St. Witches in Bijeljina and Sv. Port of Doboj on 177 laboratory samples, the coronavirus was confirmed in 79 people.

In our neighborhood, Serbia and Croatia, there is also an increase in corona patients.