6 Jul 2022

New Omicron subvariant detected in New Zealand

From Morning Report, 7:21 am on 6 July 2022

The Omicron subvariant BA 2.75 has been detected in Aotearoa for the first time, having been found in two people who arrived from India.

The subvariant - nicknamed Centaurus - carries additional mutations to its parent BA2 strain, which has been dominant globally for most of this year.

Otago University virologist Dr Jemma Geoghegan spoke to Corin Dann.