XBB.1.16 “Arcturus” on the rise – how virologists assess the variant

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WHO expert warns against new corona variant “Arcturus.”

The whole world must be seriously worried – so dramatically, an Indian researcher warned about the Corona variant XBB.1.16. It also bears the name “Arcturus.” Is the excitement justified? How dangerous is it?

It is named after the brightest star in the northern sky: Arcturus, the new omicron subvariant XBB.1.16. However, the expressions of some researchers are darkening with their appearance. That’s because this variant has caused infection rates in India to rise 281 percent in 14 days – and death rates have also increased 17 percent in the same period.

“The whole world needs to be seriously concerned.”
This was tweeted by Indian expert Vipin Vashishta, a pediatrician and researcher at Mangla Hospital and Research Center in Bijnor, India, and a member of the WHO vaccine group. In his message, the expert warned, “All eyes should be on India! If XBB.1.16 aka #Arcturus could succeed in breaking the ‘robust’ population immunity of Indians who have successfully withstood the onslaught of variants like BA.2.75, BA.5, BQs, XBB.1.5, then the whole world must be seriously worried!”

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