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New Omicron variants detected in Regina wastewater: U of R

New Omicron variants have been detected in Regina’s wastewater, according to analysis by the University of Regina.

The school said based on its latest data, Omicron sub-lineages BQ.1/BQ1.11 and BA.2.75.2 were identified in Regina in September.

The school called the strains “highly transmissible and immune evasive” in a social media post.

COVID-19 levels in the city’s wastewater have increased and are considered moderate-high, according to the weekly update.

The latest SARS-VoV-2 levels detected are at 72 per cent of the highest levels of the Omicron wave, which were recorded in April 2022.

A team of researchers at the university have been analyzing Regina’s wastewater for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, since August 2020. Top Stories

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