The new sub-variant of COVID, known as the kraken, is the most transmitted to be discovered so far. This was warned by the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the information, the kraken (XBB.1.5), which is a mutation of omicron, has already been found in 29 countries, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Australia, Singapore and India. It already dominates the US, thought to be behind roughly 70% of new infections in the country’s worst-affected areas. It has now started to spread across the UK, indicating it is more infectious than competing strains.
However, according to scientists XBB.1.5 rides lightly
such as omicron and its other sub-variants.
“We are concerned about its transmissibility, particularly in some countries in Europe and the northeastern United States, where XBB.1.5 has rapidly displaced other circulating subvariants,” said Maria van Kerkhove, technical lead for COVID-19 at the WHO. She added that the increase in hospitalizations in North-Eastern Europe cannot yet be attributed to XBB.1.5, as other respiratory illnesses, including influenza, may be partly responsible.
Statistics from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the strain is responsible for 41 percent of cases in America.
Kraken has 14 new mutations in the spike proteins of the virus compared to its predecessors, which appear to have given it increased resistance to antibodies, helping it to
avoid vaccination or previous infection
WHO experts fear that XBB.1.5 could usher in a more dangerous variant of the coronavirus.
This is because increasing the number of patients with the subvariant will lead to more opportunities for it to mutate and evolve.
Meanwhile, EU countries agreed on Wednesday to “strongly promote” a requirement that would oblige all travelers coming from China, regardless of nationality, to present a negative test for COVID-19 as the number of infections rises in the Asian country. The coronavirus test must be done no more than 48 hours before boarding the flight.