Omicron’s BA.5 sub-variant detected in Nepal
KATHMANDU: A new sub-variant of Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nepal.
According to the Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Control Division director Dr Chumanlal Das, gene sequencing conducted at a lab of Kavrepalanchowk-based Dhulikhel Hospital confirmed the presence of the BA.5 sub-variant.
He said that the Division is conducting a further study about the virus and trying to identify its carrier.
Prior to this, the BA.2 Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 was found and gene sequencing of the sample of infected is underway at the National Public Health Laboratory, Teku.
The COVID-19 infection rate is gradually increasing in the country.