More contagious Omicron variant detected in Hungary

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The National Center for Public Health (NNK) announced that a new, more contagious variant of Omicron, called BA.2, had been detected in Hungary, according to business daily Világgazdaság.

Confirming NNK's investigations, Neumann Labs has since identified the new Omicron at home in six more cases.

According to the Hungarian laboratory, however, the new subvariant can be called a "stealthy Omicron", as it can and is trying to hide from mainly the antigen tests and in some cases, the variant test developed for the original omicron (BA.1).

Conventional PCR tests can correctly detect all variants known so far, said Miklós Nyíri, CEO of Neumann Labs.

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