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New COVID-19 Subvariant Detected in New Zealand’s Wastewater

New COVID-19 Subvariant Detected in New Zealand’s Wastewater

In New Zealand, a new subvariant of COVID-19 known as BA.2.86, or Pirola, has been found in wastewater samples for the first time. This subvariant wa

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In New Zealand, a new subvariant of COVID-19 known as BA.2.86, or Pirola, has been found in wastewater samples for the first time. This subvariant was first identified in other countries and has now appeared in New Zealand. However, no COVID-19 patients in the country have been confirmed to have this subvariant, and early evidence suggests that current vaccines are effective against it. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers BA.2.86 a “variant under monitoring,” with no evidence yet of increased spread or severity. New Zealand health authorities are closely watching this subvariant and others, emphasizing the importance of ongoing vigilance as the virus continues to evolve. This development serves as a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic remains unpredictable and requires continuous monitoring.

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