Omicron BF.7 In India: wearing masks, Covid-appropriate behavior to continue

The sub-variant brings concerns as it can surpass immunity from previous infections and vaccines. Health experts predicted a rise in Covid cases in the coming winter season, especially in a festive environment.

Omicron BF.7 In India: wearing masks, Covid-appropriate behavior to continue
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The country has witnessed new variants of coronavirus emerge in the last few months amid a decline in the number of fresh Covid cases. And as the Diwali festival approaches, a highly infectious Omicron sub-variant BF.7 has been detected by the Gujarat Biotechnology Research center according to some reports, stated news agency IANS.

In a meeting regarding the emergence of Omicron’s new sub-variants, experts recommend increasing surveillance and genome sequencing. Health experts predicted a rise in Covid cases in the coming winter season, especially in a festive environment. A meeting of Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya with the senior health officials regarding the emergence of Omicron’s new sub-variants concluded with the decision to continue masks and Covid-appropriate behavior across the country, official sources told ANI. The team of scientists, doctors, and senior officials has also recommended increasing surveillance and genome sequencing.

A highly infectious Omicron sub-variant BF.7 has been detected in India. The BF.7 variant was first detected in China and now reached the United States, UK, Australia, and Belgium. The sub-variant first case was detected in Gujarat, confirmed by the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, and described as the 'Omicron spawn.' It is confirmed by the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre. BF.7 is known as the ‘Omicron spawn’ that was first detected in China and now reached the United States, the UK, Australia, and Belgium. The BF.7 sub-variant brings concerns as it can surpass immunity from previous infections and vaccines.

Dr. Rajeev also said that as the pandemic isn’t over, precautions still need to be taken. “What we must realize is that the pandemic is not over, and there will be periodic regional surges that especially coincide with festivals and group gatherings. Wearing masks indoors and preferring outdoor to indoor gatherings are safe options. The vulnerable individuals will need to be specially protected.”

The sub-variant brings concerns as it can surpass immunity from previous infections and vaccines. Cases across China has triggered by BF.7 variant. In fact, World Health Organization had given out a warning against the highly infectious BF.7 COVID subvariant. It has also expected the subvariant to become a new dominant variant.

Experts have suggested taking precautions adding that the pandemic is yet not over. India has been reporting 2,000 covid cases and Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu have shown a hike.