In Ukraine, the first case of infection with a new subspecies of the SARS-CoV-2 strain Omicron XBB.1.5, or Kraken, was recorded. The case was discovered in the Sumy region in a person who had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
According to the World Health Organization, XBB.1.5 does not have specific mutations that could make it more dangerous than other SARS-CoV-2 subvariants. However, compared to the previous sub-options, XBB.1.5 most effectively evades the human immune response and is capable of causing serious illness in the elderly and immunocompromised people.
On January 5, 2023, the WHO technical advisory group on the evolution of the virus concluded that this sub-option could contribute to increased disease levels. It also quickly replaces the standard Omicron variant that circulated earlier (for example, in the US from 1% in week 47 of 2022 to 8% in week 50).
From October 22, 2022 to January 11, 2023, there were 5,288 cases in 38 countries due to the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant. Most of these cases were registered in the USA (82.2%), Great Britain (8.1%) and Denmark (2.2%).
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The Ministry of Health reminds that vaccination is the main way to protect yourself from the severe course of the coronavirus disease and potentially new strains.
Source: Ministry of Health