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COVID-19: New BA.2 of Omicron detected in New Brunswick

A new one Omicron subvariant called BA.2 has been identified in New Brunswick, the province announced Friday.

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In a statement, the microbiology laboratory of Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Center in Moncton identified the variant in a sample from a person in Zone 1, Moncton.

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A Danish study suggested variant BA.2the company took over Denmark, which is more contagious and more likely to infect vaccinated people than BA.1, the more common form of the Omicron variant.

The World Health Organization says this new secondary variable is harder to detect.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the subvariable BA.2 is more difficult to determine than the original strain of Omicron

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“While the effects of all variants continue to be monitored, we do know that vaccination – including vaccination – combined with individual and public health measures, is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and its variants,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, in a statement.

“I encourage people to book a vaccination appointment or go to an open vaccination clinic, as we know this is the best protection against these variants and will reduce the risk of serious outcomes. and hospitalized.”

New cases, hospitalization

By province COVID-19 DashboardAnother person has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 252 people.

There are now 163 people in hospital, two fewer than on Thursday. However, three others are in the ICU for a total of 17, and three others are on ventilators for a total of nine.

The province said 401 people have tested positive for the PCR test and 403 people have tested positive for the rapid test.

A total of 399 healthcare workers have been laid off due to COVID-19.

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