324 cases of Covid-19 variant detected in India

KP.1 and KP.2 belong to a group of Covid-19 variants scientists have nicknamed 'FLiRT', after the technical names of their mutations.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 22, 2024 | 7:00 AMUpdatedMay 22, 2024 | 7:00 AM

KP.1 and KP.2 are a subvariant of Omicron with heightened infectiousness. (Representational pic/Creative Commons)

As many as 290 cases of KP.2 and 34 cases of KP.1 — both sub-lineages of Covid-19 that are responsible for a surge in cases in Singapore — have been found in India, according to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG). KP.1 and KP.2 are a subvariant of Omicron with heightened infectiousness. Four cases have been registered in Karnataka and Maharashtra, 148.

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