However, experts suggest that there could be more because only a fraction of all Covid-19 infections get submitted for testing.
WA’s health department said the case in Australia was “closely related – without significant differences to those BA2.strains reported from other countries”.
Andrew Pekosz, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins University told The New York Times that: “It’s a concern that it’s increasing, but it doesn’t look like something that’s vastly different from what’s already been circulating in the US for the past three to four months.”
“So I think that’s what tempers my concern about this variant, at this point in time,” he said.
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