New Delhi, Aug 10: The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated a new strain of Covid-19 — ‘EG.5’ or ‘Eris’ as a “variant of interest” as cases rise globally.
“EG.5 is a descendent lineage of XBB.1.9.2, which has the same spike amino acid profile as XBB.1.5. EG.5 was first reported on February 17, 2023, and designated as a variant under monitoring (VUM) on July 19, 2023. With this risk evaluation, we are designating EG.5 and its sub-lineages as a variant of interest (VOI),” WHO said on Wednesday.
As of August 7, around 7,354 sequences of EG.5 have been submitted to GISAID (Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data) from 51 countries.
According to WHO, the largest portion of EG.5 sequences are from China (30.6 per cent, 2247 sequences).