Covid: BA.5 now dominant in Madeira

Another new wave?

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The Diario reports that the latest genetic diversity report from the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) points to the BA.5 lineage of the Ómicron variant as the dominant strain in the archipelago.

Based on the 37 samples collected in the municipalities of Funchal, Santa Cruz, Machico, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava and Santana – sent by SESARAM to the INSA laboratory in Lisbon – a total of 29 are of the aforementioned variant, while another six are attributed to BA.2. The remaining two crops are recombinant (XM) – hybrid genetic profile in which an initial part of the genome corresponds to the BA.1 lineage and the rest to the BA.2 lineage.

Despite confirming the predominance of this lineage, which is more transmissible, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) reported 4,121 cases to Madeira in the seven days under analysis, that is, 364 fewer infections reported compared to the previous week, although with a higher number of deaths associated with the disease. Since the beginning of this month, 27 people have died according to reports released by SESARAM.

4,121 (-364)8June 7/June 13
4,512 (+1,144)3May 31/June 6
3,428 (+1,544)424th of May/30th of May
2,000 (+510)3May 17/May 23
1,490 (+312)3May 10/May 16
1,194 (-250)0May 3/May 9

Also according to DGS data, in this case, until June 11, the transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in Madeira, was at 1.02 (Rt).

Regarding the national whole, the DGS reported between 7 and 13 June a total of 114,410 infections, 256 deaths associated with Covid-19 and a decrease in hospitalizations in wards and intensive care.

Madeira recorded, yesterday, another death associated with covid-19.

How big a covid-19 wave could omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 cause?

An interesting article in the New Scientist questions how big a Covid-19 wave could omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 cause. The report that another Covid-19 wave is beginning in Australia, the US and parts of Europe, with some evidence suggesting the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants are more severe and transmissible than their predecessors.

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COVID-19 in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post

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13 thoughts on “Covid: BA.5 now dominant in Madeira”

    • No, let’s just go for “flock” immunity”!! Oh, but you can’t can you, with strain that can reinfect you. Ooops. Another theory/smart solution gone West!

    • Once attention wanes, so will the “covid”.

      But no worries, it will be replaced with another fear-mongering narrative, and you’ll all fall for it.


      Humankind deserves its fate.

      • Thankfully, we still have freedom fighters like Fake Susan and Nutty Joe – there still is hope for humankind.

        I guess we will have to learn how to live with their stories of aliens and peacefull Russians, as it is part of the package.

        • 1. This Susan here is as real as they come.
          2. There are no space aliens.
          3. Why don’t we talk about the “peaceful” Brits or the “peaceful” Americans, who are always in the business of starting wars and building empires all over the world.

          Every new post of Hardly raises the bar to whole new levels of hypocrisy!

        • Also it appears that in Hardly’s (and others’) comments, the BS variant is the predominant one. It’s resistant to ALL treatments or vaccinations. Literally, there is no cure or prevention for the BS variant. I’m truly sorry for you guys and girls.


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