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- Officials from the New York state health department have confirmed the first cases of the omicron subvariant BA.2 in the state.
- It is too early to tell, but the subvariant does not appear to be cause for alarm at this time, the World Health Organization says.
- A total of four cases of the subvariant have been found in the state so far.
New York State Department of Health officials have confirmed four cases of the new omicron variant BA.2, NBC New York reports.
The cases of the new version of the omicron variant were detected between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12, the outlet reported.
At the moment, the World Health Organization is not considering BA.2 as a cause for concern, but the subvariant has been popping up more frequently in some European countries sparking questions about its transmissibility.
The BA.2 subvariant has become the dominant variant in Denmark where Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said it does not appear to be more severe than omicron, referred to as BA.1, Reuters reported.
The subvariant has been nicknamed “stealth omicron” because scientists have found it a bit challenging to determine how it is related to other variants.
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