New COVID sub-variant fuels virus surge in France

In France, the BQ.1.1 sub-variant of COVID-19 is currently preferred over the BA.5 strain.

COVID-19 Variant BQ.1.1 Minor Variant

Brigitte Autran, chair of the Health Risk Prediction and Monitoring Committee (COVARS), told news channel BFMTV on Wednesday that the latest resurgence of COVID-19 is “the beginning of a wave of “, although the increase in the number of infections is “not significant”, Xinhua reported.

“The trend isn’t good, it’s going up” due to the virus’ sub-variant, she said.

‘BA.5, a sub-variant of the Omicron sub-variant originally common in France, has been superseded, wiped out by sub-variant BQ.1.1, the child of BA.5.’

Autoran says that the subvariable BQ.1.1 is currently being observed worldwide.

“We don’t know yet if it’s more serious, but it is understood to be more contagious, so being protected and vaccinated is absolutely essential. She appeals to those who are eligible. booster shots, arguing that vaccines guarantee protection against serious diseases.” forms of COVID and fighting death”.

She also reiterated the need to respect barrier measures, including wearing masks, at least on public transport and crowded places.

Source: IANS

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