Information Release on newly Detected COVID-19 Variants in Myanmar

The Ministry of Health released a statement stating that the Department of Medical Research conducted Whole Genome Sequencing on 28 January 2024 and Omicron HV.1, JN.1 and EG.5.1.8 variants were found in three returnees from Singapore. The other 13 patients with Omicron JN.1 and XBB.1.16.17 were local transmissions.

Released Information

10-1-2024

1. The Department of Medical Research under the Ministry of Health conducted Whole Genome Sequencing on 18 samples of COVID-19-positive cases sent by the National Health Laboratory on 28 January 2024, and SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants were found in 16 laboratory samples – three samples from the returnees from Singapore and 13 from local transmissions.

2. The three patients with Omicron HV.1, JN.1 and EG.5.1.8 variants are the returnees from Singapore; another 11 patients with Omicron JN.1 and two patients with XBB.1.16.17 are local transmissions. They are all in good condition and allowed to be discharged from their respective hospitals. Among the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant, HV.1, JN.1 and EG.5.1.8 are the newly detected variants in Myanmar.

3. According to the statements of WHO, like EG.5, the newly detected Omicron variant JN.1 causes less severe illness despite the high rate of infections. People are urged to get vaccinated as COVID-19 vaccines protect against severe disease.

Ministry of Health

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar (11-1-2024)

 

  • The Department of Medical Research conducted Whole Genome Sequencing on 18 samples of COVID-19-positive cases sent by the National Health Laboratory, and SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants were found in 16 laboratory samples.
  • The three patients with Omicron HV.1, JN.1 and EG.5.1.8 variants are the returnees from Singapore; another 11 patients with Omicron JN.1 and two patients with XBB.1.16.17 are local transmissions. They are all in good condition and allowed to be discharged from their respective hospitals.
  • Among the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant, HV.1, JN.1 and EG.5.1.8 are the newly detected variants in Myanmar.
  • Like EG.5, the newly detected Omicron variant JN.1 causes less severe illness despite the high rate of infections.

 

engdate: 
Sunday, January 14, 2024 - 10:00
month: 
January, 2024