Nepal detects new sub-variants of Omicron: ‘KP 1’ and ‘KP 2’

Kathmandu: Nepal has identified new sub-variants of the Omicron strain of COVID-19, labeled ‘KP 1’ and ‘KP 2,’ characterized by a heightened rate of transmission yet a comparatively lower fatality rate.

These emerging variants said to exhibit a notably increased spread rate. However, reassuringly, they display a reduced fatality rate compared to previously identified variants.

The National Public Health Laboratory revealed that out of the samples analyzed, KP 1 was detected in 12 cases, while KP 2 was found in 17 cases. Additionally, single instances of KP 3 and KP 4 were also identified through recent DNA sequencing efforts.