3 cases of Omicron subvariant BF.7 found in India, causing COVID surge in China

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According to official sources, three cases of Omicron subvariant BF.7 have been detected in India so far which is apparently driving the current surge of Covid cases in China.

Important facts

  • The first case of BF.7 in India was detected in October by Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre.

  • So far, two cases have been reported from Gujarat while one case has been reported from Odisha.

  • Chinese cities are currently in the grip of the highly contagious Omicron strain, with most BF.7 cases spreading to Beijing.

About Omicron variant BF.7

  • BF.7 is a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant BA.5 and has the strongest infection ability since it is highly transmissible.

  • It has a shorter incubation period, and has a higher capacity to cause reinfection or infect even those vaccinated.

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

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