Omicron sub-variant BA4 and BA5 cases are emerging in the country. Recently, cases of this sister variant have been confirmed in Maharashtra. The state health ministry said on Saturday that it had identified four BA4 and three BA5 cases. All of the victims had mild symptoms and were being treated at home isolation. This variant, first identified in South Africa, has spread to many countries around the world. In India, three cases have been reported so far in Telangana and Tamil Nadu. “Genetic analysis tests were conducted at the Institute of Science Education and Research. The Indian Biological Data Center in Faridabad also confirmed these. Four men and three women from Pune were diagnosed with a total of seven. Three of the victims were found to have BA5. Among the victims were four children, including a 9-year-old girl. The other victims were in their 50s. All but six children were vaccinated, one of whom also took a precautionary dose. He is currently being treated at home isolation. Their samples were collected between May 4 and 18 and sent for genetic analysis tests. Two of the victims traveled to South Africa and Belgium while three went to Kerala and Karnataka. The other two have no travel history and the process of identifying those who have been in contact with the victims is ongoing. Corona cases are on the rise in Maharashtra, especially in Mumbai and Pune. The increase in cases began again after the April 2 repeal of the mask regulations. As on April 15, there were 681 active cases. By the end of May, the number had crossed 2,000. Also, hundreds of daily cases are being reported. In this context, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to the people to wear masks and abide by the Kovid rules.