Saturday, April 1, 2023

Highly infectious new Omicron sub variant BF.7 detected in India

With a declining trajectory of fresh Covid cases, a new Omicron sub variant– BF.7 also known as the ‘Omicron spawn’, however, is posing a new threat in the country.
According to some reports, the first case of BF.7 in India has been detected by the Gujarat Biotechnology Research centre. This new Omicron variant is also considered to be highly infectious and has a greater transmissibility.
Omicron’s new sub-variants BA.5.1.7 and BF.7, said to be highly infectious and having greater transmissibility after emerging from a region of Mongolia in China are now making their way to other parts of the world and driving a fresh wave of Covid infections.
Reportedly, Omicron variants BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 are behind the recent surge in the Covid-19 cases in China. However, experts have advised precaution and Covid appropriate behaviour ahead of the upcoming festive season.
Experts say that the symptoms of these variants would be more or less same but more will emerge with time. There is a possibility of a fresh wave driven by the new variants as a lot of people will gather in huge numbers during festive season like Diwali, Dhanteras, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj.
Experts, however, warn that one must not let go of the masks yet and take responsibility for isolating oneself at the first sight of symptoms could protect the vulnerable group like children, elderly, cancer survivors, cancer patients, transplant patients among others.
According to Rajeev Jayadevan, co-chairman of the National Indian Medical Association (IMA) Covid-19 task force, “BF.7 is the name given to a great-grandson of BA.5, which is a major sub-lineage or descendant of Omicron.”
“These are called immune escape variants, which means they can infect people who had been vaccinated or past infected,” he told TNIE. The Omicron variant and its sub-variants are famous for their immunity-escaping properties.

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