Chennai,Mar 21( IANS)
A 27 year old man who had died of Covid -19 in a private hospital in Tiruchi was affected with Omicron -XBB variant. The whole genome sequencing report of the youth from the state public health laboratory confirmed the presence of XBB variant.
It may be noted that the whole Genome sequencing done on samples of patients tested Covid -19 positive have found that the two variants of Omicron, XBB and BA.2 and their sub variants were dominant in 95% of the samples.
Tamil Nadu health minister Ma Subramanian also told media persons that Omicron continued to be the dominant variant in Covid positive cases in Tamil Nadu.
The Omicron and it’s sub variants have been present in the Covid samples since December 2021 since the third wave of Covid. It has been dominating the other samples like Alpha , Beta Gamma and Delta variant.