You may have heard the expression “a soup of Covid variants” recently..
Well, Denmark has just provided graphic evidence of that variant soup. It has just published a list of no less than 120 variants found circulating in the country in the last four weeks in its latest infection report.
BA.5* lineages still represent about 93% of current sequences in Denmark, but the other seven percent is an unholy cocktail of every variant we have ever heard of, and even some that we have not.
In other news in Denmark, Covid cases are up, Covid hospitalizations are up, and Covid deaths are also up. Full report in English below, with a link to the Danish version.
But then, we are old enough to remember when the Delta variant started spitting out subvariants like pennies from a winning fruit machine too – we mentioned it in the post below. Delta, of course, was quickly superseded by the more contagious Omicron variant.
So could this be an “end-of-the-line” moment for Omicron? Is what we are witnessing here the disintegration of Omicron, rather than a strengthening of the variant through diversification? If so, what would an Omicron successor look like?