The BA.2.75 variant of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has now also been found in the Netherlands. The variant was detected in a sample from 26 June 2022 taken in the region of Noordoost-Gelderland.
BA.2.75 is a sub-variant of the Omicron BA.2 lineage. This sub-variant has recently been found in India, Australia, Japan, Canada, the USA, Germany and the UK, among other countries.
The sample containing BA.2.75 in the Netherlands comes from the region of Noordoost-Gelderland and was taken on 26 June 2022. RIVM will contact the Municipal Public Health Services (GGDs) to see whether source and contact tracing is possible.
Not much is known about BA.2.75 at this point. Like other Omicron sub-variants, BA.2.75 does seem to have minor specific mutations that enable it to more easily evade the immunity built up against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. RIVM is monitoring the situation very closely. RIVM publishes an update every Friday on the results from pathogen surveillance.