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4 Cases of Omicron sub-variant B.7 detected from July-November in India amid Covid surge in China

The increasing cases of corona in China have raised concerns all over the world including India. The sub-variant BF.7 of Corona's Omicron variant that has wreaked havoc in China, 4 cases have also been found in India.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The increasing cases of corona in China have raised concerns all over the world including India. Four cases of the sub-variant BF.7 of Corona’s Omicron variant which has wreaked havoc in China, have also been found in India. Official sources gave this information on Wednesday. According to information received from Insacog data, four BF.7 variants have been found in India. This variant has been found in Gujarat and Odisha. One case of this sub-variant has been found in India in July, two in September and one in November. Let us tell you, the BF7 variant is a sub-lineage of the BA.5. This variant is important behind increasing the cases in China.

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According to the information, a 61-year-old woman living in Subhanpura area of ​​Vadodara city of Gujarat had come from America on 11 September 2022 and she was found to be Covid-19 positive on 18 September. The patient had taken three doses of the Pfizer vaccine and was in home isolation. The woman’s sample was sent to Gandhinagar for genome sequencing and the result of genome sequencing for BF.7 sub-variant came today. The health of the patient is fine.

According to the guidelines, while being found Covid positive, three people of her ‘close contact’ were also tested, whose report has come negative. Significantly, in view of the increasing cases of Covid in China, India has also become cautious. The central government is monitoring the cases of Corona. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today held a review meeting on the status of the epidemic with top officials and experts in this regard.

In this, it was decided to hold a review meeting of the Ministry of Health every week on Corona. As a precaution, the central government has advised people to wear masks in crowded places. In the meeting, NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul had said that there is no need to panic now. Everyone is advised to wear a mask in the crowd.

Every week there will be a review meeting in the Ministry of Health. Testing is being done in sufficient quantity. In between, the Health Ministry will decide what further steps are to be taken. No new guideline is being issued at present.

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The Center has already directed all states and union territories to send samples of all Covid positive cases to the INSACOG genome sequencing lab on a daily basis. INSACOG is a platform under the Ministry of Health to study and monitor different types of Covid in India.

Meanwhile, according to the Union Health Ministry data, the country has reported 131 fresh Covid positive cases in the last 24 hours. However, it is down from Monday’s 181. Currently the number of active cases is 3,408. Three deaths have been recorded from Corona in the last 24 hours. According to the website of the ministry, under the nationwide campaign, about 220 crore doses of Kovid vaccine have been given so far.

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