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North Macedonia confirms first case of Kraken SARS-CoV-2

Health authorities on Sunday confirmed the first case of the most contagious and immune-evasive SARS-CoV-2 strain so far, the Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 — also called Kraken. It was detected in a Covid-positive sample given by a Gevgelija patient, they said.

Skopje, 22 January 2023 (MIA) — Health authorities on Sunday confirmed the first case of the most contagious and immune-evasive SARS-CoV-2 strain so far, the Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 — also called Kraken. It was detected in a Covid-positive sample given by a Gevgelija patient, they said.

“Out of 32 sequenced samples, the XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant known as Kraken was detected in one,” the Institute of Public Health said.

“The new subvariant was detected in a patient from Gevgelija, and the sample was taken on Jan. 11, 2023.”

All 32 samples were collected in December and January.

The Omicron BA.2 subvariant was detected in eight samples. The Omicron BA.5 subvariant was detected in the remaining 23 samples of SARS-CoV-2. mr/

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