Covid-19: the new variant of Omicron detected in Algeria

The number of Covid-19 contaminations has increased considerably in different regions of the world. In Europe, infections are dominated by the BA.5 variant, a sub-variant of Omicron, some symptoms of which appear at night.

The first case recorded in Algeria of the new variant of Covid-19, BA.5, dates back about a month, according to Doctor Salim Benteldjoune, head of the Covid-19 department at the Constantine University Hospital.

Speaking on Radio Constantine this Friday morning, Doctor Salim Benteldjoune recalled the fact that we have been living with the Coronavirus and its variants for more than 30 months.

During his speech, Doctor Benteldjoune explained that the last variant to appear is a sub-variant of Omicron, the BA.5. Moreover, he said that this latest Coronavirus mutant first spread to South Africa, then to Portugal. Before appearing in other European countries and arriving in Algeria.

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The guest of the local Radio of Constantine also made it known that this mutation of the Covid-19 virus affects the elderly, the non-vaccinated people or even those with chronic diseases.

In addition, Doctor Salim Benteldjoune revealed that our country identified its first case of the BA.5 variant four weeks ago. In this same sense, he noted that this new variant spreads faster than other mutants, but is less dangerous.

Covid-19 in Algeria: what are the symptoms of the BA.5 variant?

Regarding the symptoms of this new variant, Doctor Salim Benteldjoune explained that it presents the same clinical signs as the Coronavirus and its variants. However, it is distinguished by new symptoms that appear during the night, which can cause sleep disturbances. Like night sweats and sore throats. But also vomiting and diarrhea.

According to the same speaker, the BA.5 variant remains present in the body for a period of 7 to 10 days. During this period, the guest of Radio Constantine recommended increasing his water consumption to stay hydrated.

Doctor Benteldjoune indicated that 99% of affected patients recover without hospitalization. However, he recommended the strict application of barrier gestures, in particular the wearing of a mask, which, according to him, is necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

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