Wednesday, 10 August, 2022
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Omicron BA.4, BA.5 strains detected in Cambodia

Two Omicron variants of the COVID-19 virus, BA.4 and BA.5, have been detected among the new COVID-19 cases in Cambodia since late last month, the country's Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.

Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 spread faster than earlier forms of Omicron and other variants, the statement said, adding that these sub-variants are easier to evade immune protection and weaken the infected individual's immunity.

"BA.4 and BA.5 symptoms are similar to other Omicron variations, such as fever, cough, sore throat and flu," the statement said. The statement did not disclose the number of BA.4 and BA.5 cases or where they were found in the country.