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COVID-19 New Variant : EG.5.1

COVID-19 New Variant : EG.5.1

Doctors have urged people to stay vigilant against COVID-19 variant EG.5.1.

  • On August 9, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the latest COVID variant, EG.5.1, unofficially known as, Eris, as a variant of interest.
  • The overall risk evaluation by WHO places this variant at a low level.

COVID-19 variant EG.5.1.:-

  • First documented: February 17, 2023.
  • The majority of these sequences originated from China, followed by the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Canada, and Australia.
  • It is a descendant of Omicron.
  • It is a descendant of the XBB 1.9.2 variant sharing a similar spike amino acid profile with XBB 1.5.
  • 5 carries an additional F456L amino acid mutation in the spike protein, compared to the parent XBB.1.9.2 subvariant and XBB.1.5.
  • Spread: According to the WHO, infections have been reported in 51 countries, including China, the US, the Republic of Korea, Japan, etc.