TNI Bureau: Three cases of Omicron subvariant BF.7, responsible for Covid surge in China have been detected in India so far.
Two cases have been reported from Gujarat while one case has been reported from Odisha. These variants were detected in October 2022.
In Odisha, a woman from Khordha area had tested positive for Covid on September 30. Her samples were later sent for genome sequencing, which confirmed the presence of BF.7 variant. The lady tested was asymptomatic at time of test. She got tested for her travel to USA. She and her family are in the USA since October.
In the covid review meeting chaired by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya with top officials and experts on the Covid situation in the country on Wednesday, the centre advised people to mask up in crowded areas.
Sample Testing has commenced at all International Airports from today. However, there is no change in the guidelines for international air travel yet.
Earlier, the Centre had asked all States to ramp up genome sequencing of all positive samples.
Chinese cities are currently hit by the highly transmissible Omicron strain BF.7, which is the main variant spreading in Beijing and might be attributed to a low level of immunity.
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