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No indication of new Covid variant from China, say health authorities

No indication of new Covid variant from China, say health authorities

The existing data from China do not indicate the existence of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Greece’s National Public Health Organization (EODY) said in a statement on Monday, amid rising concerns in the international community regarding the strict restrictive measures in Shanghai. 

EODY said that after the first period of the pandemic (January-February 2020) China had almost zero cases by early March 2022. 

This was a consequence, EODY said, of the strategy of “zero dispersion” or zero-Covid concerning the application of strict restrictive measures in the event of a small number of SARS-CoV-2 cases being detected. 

The strategy was successful until recently, but not after February 2022, when a dispersion of the Omicron variant was observed, specifically of the Omicron 2 subgroup (BA.2), which presents high infectivity rates.