The event was as feared as it was predictable: Covid sub-variant BA.5, which is currently driving the summer wave in Germany, is now spreading in China. In the provincial capital Xi’an, BA.5 is already dominating the infection scene, reports the Shaanxi Health Department. However, the numbers remain very manageable. Xi’an has been able to identify seven cases. The outbreaks in Shanghai and Beijing were due to the BA.2 variant. “The Cmicron subvariant BA.5 is even more contagious,” warns infectiologist Zhang Yi of the health authority. fin
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