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3 Cases Of Covid Variant Driving Massive China Surge Found In India


BF.7 is a subline of the Omicron BA.5 variant and is the most infectious.

New Delhi:

Three cases of the sub-variant of Omicron BF.7, which appears to be the strain causing the current surge in Covid infections in China, have been detected in India so far, official sources said today. Wednesday.

The first case of BF.7 in India was discovered in October by the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Center. So far, two cases have been reported from Gujarat while one is reported from Odisha, they said.

During the Covid review meeting chaired by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday, experts said that although there is currently no overall increase in the number of Covid cases, there is a need to continue monitoring. monitoring to track existing and emerging variations.

According to official sources in New Delhi, Chinese cities are currently being hit by highly contagious strain of Omicron, mainly BF.7, the main variant is spreading in Beijing and is contributing contributing to the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in that country.

An official source said: “The high transmissibility of BF.7 in China could be attributed to the low level of immunity of the Chinese population to a previous infection and possibly vaccination.” .

BF.7 is a subline of the Omicron BA.5 variant and is most infectious because it is highly transmissible, has a shorter incubation period and is more likely to be reinfected or infectious even those who have been vaccinated.

It has been detected in several other countries, including the US, UK, and European countries such as Belgium, Germany, France and Denmark.

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