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Corona expert warns of new variant "Arcturus": First case reported in Germany


The new variant should spread particularly quickly. Experts in India are now warning the population. A case in Germany is already known.

The new variant should spread particularly quickly.

Experts in India are now warning the population.

A case in Germany is already known.

Munich – The number of new corona infections has dropped worldwide, but now a new virus variant from India called XBB.1.16 or also called “Arcturus” follows.

This is a new sub-variant of Omicron.

The rapid spread is particularly worrying.

In India, the number of infected people has increased by 281 percent in 14 days.

According to the

Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung (DAZ),

there has already been a reported case in Germany.

In the last WHO report from March 16, a worldwide decline in corona infections is reported.

In 28 days, the numbers have dropped by 40 percent.

But now experts advise caution due to the "Arcturus" virus in India.

A few days ago, Vipin M. Vashishtha, a pediatrician and member of the WHO vaccine group, tweeted that the new corona variant had already been discovered in 12 countries.

Now, @RajlabN has also confirmed wide circulation of XBB.1.16 globally.

But the key question is how devastating would it prove in coming weeks or months!

— Vipin M. Vashishtha (@vipintukur) March 18, 2023

Expert warns of new corona wave caused by virus variant "Arcturus"

The rapidly increasing numbers in India show that a strong increase in other countries is also possible.

Not only has the number of infected people increased in India, but the number of fatalities has also increased by 17 percent.

According to Vashishtha, the coming weeks and months will show how devastating the variant will be in other countries.

In addition, there are fewer and fewer drugs that help with corona disease.

Recently, approval for the drug Lagevrio (molnupiravir) was rejected in Europe.

The first cases were registered in the following countries:

  • India

  • USA

  • Singapore

  • brunei

  • Germany Bavaria)

  • Austria

  • Great Britain

  • Australia

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Denmark

  • Italy

  • Ireland

  • Canada

  • Source: DAZ


New corona variant is spreading particularly quickly in India.

Indian experts now warn of global spread (symbol image)

© Martin Wagner/IMAGO

In addition to India, countries such as the USA, Great Britain and Singapore are also particularly badly affected.

According to

the DAZ,

the cases reported there are still in the low, one to two-digit range.

There were no indications of severe courses.

But Vashishtha on Twitter advises the world to look to India.

The population has successfully survived other corona variants.

The fact that this new variant manages to break through immunity is worrying.

Why some people get more seriously ill with Corona and others do not is still a mystery.

New research results provide the first indications.

However, many people are still struggling with the long-term effects of Long Covid.

A drug should help now.


List of rubrics: © Martin Wagner/IMAGO

Source: merkur

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