The new variant of the deadly COVID-19, Arcturus, has raised alarm bells across the globe. The first death from the Arcturus strain, almost 1.2 times more infectious than the previous major sub-variant, was reported in Thailand yesterday amid a surge in cases worldwide.
As of April 17, a total of 27 cases of XBB.1.16 had been detected in Thailand, and one death had occurred, Dr Sirilak was quoted as saying. Thailand’s health department said the deceased was an elderly foreigner with multiple co-morbidities. . Therefore, his death may not directly reflect the severity of this subvariant but rather its effect on other risk factors.
Health officials have issued a warning regarding XBB.1.16 and urged the general public to exercise caution. Please tell that Arcturus was first detected in January. It is an Omicron sub-variant that can spread easily. The World Health Organization states that the XB.1.16 variant is similar to the XBB.1.5 variant but has an additional mutation.
Therefore, it may spread rapidly but may not be more severe.
Recently a new symptom has been added to this list which is especially being reported in children. Experts have highlighted that many patients have itchy and pink eye.
These eye-related symptoms were not seen in previous waves. In India, Arcturus has replaced other types, according to WHO reports. It is spreading rapidly in the country, but the hospitalization rate remains low. The variant shows mild symptoms, and no serious complications have been observed so far.