The report showed that the Omicron spin-off was responsible for 33.7 percent of cases in the area, which was the second largest number after 34.1 percent that came from “other” strains.
The other Omicron spin-off BA.2.86, dubbed Pirola, isn’t included in this data. However, previous reports also suggested that this strain continues to spread throughout the UK.
“As a result, a true and accurate reflection of the Covid variants prevalence is lacking with likely undercalculation of the current variant load and prevalence.”
Surge in Covid cases is to be expected in the colder months
While the variant data may not correctly reflect the situation, rising numbers are to be expected during this time of the year, according to the doctor.
He said: “What we are seeing is the normal annual and seasonal impact of new viral variants, their associated mutations, and their impact on the general population as a whole.
“Each new year brings forth new viral mutations to continue the mutagenic evolutionary cycle.
“This has been the historical case for influenza viral variants, and will be the same with Covid variants.”
The doctor explained that Eris and Pirola follow the same path of other viruses that came before them, contributing to their current status as dominant.
Eris and Pirola don’t seem to pose a greater risk
The good news is that the current number of recorded cases suggests there’s no increased risk posed by these new variants.
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