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BF.7 New Covid Variant of Omicron driving surge in China, 4 Cases found in India

 

BF.7 New Covid Variant driving surge in China

BF.7, New Covid Variant : The BF.7 sub-variant of Omicron that is prevalent in China is thought to be the cause of the present spike in Covid-19 infections there. This isn’t the first time BF.7 has been in the spotlight; back in October, it began to displace the main variations in the US and several other European nations. The massive Covid rise in China is being caused by the BF.7 sub-variant of Omicron, which has been found in four cases in India. In Gujarat and Odisha, the instances of BF.7 Covid Variant first came to light. Currently, the Covid protocol is not required in the nation.

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BF.7New Covid Variant About

  • As the main stem of the SARS-CoV-2 tree sprouts branches and sub-branches, so do viruses when they change, creating lineages and sub-lineages.
  • The Omicron sub-lineage BA.5 and the BF.7 are identical. The latter is also known as BA.5.2.1.7.
  • The BF.7 sub-variant has a 4.4-fold higher neutralization resistance than the original D614G variant, according to a study published in the journal “Cell Host and Microbe” earlier this month.
  • This means that in a lab setting, antibodies from a vaccinated or infected individual were less likely to destroy BF.7 than the original Wuhan virus that spread throughout the world in 2020.

However, the study found that another Omicron sub-variant named BQ.1 had a more than 10-fold higher neutralization resistance than BF.7, which is not the most resilient sub-variant.

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BF.7 New Covid Variant driving surge in China

After eliminating mandated safety measures like lockout and mass testing as part of its zero-Covid policy, China has been battling to control an out-of-control Covid surge with the BF.7 Covid variant. According to reports, pharmacies are running out of medication while hospitals are desperately attempting to handle the increased patient load because of the New Covid Variant BF.7.

Tuesday saw an increase from Monday’s two Covid-related deaths to five, according to local officials in Beijing. Only those who passed away from respiratory failure brought on by the infection will be included in the Covid mortality numbers, according to health experts.

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BF.7 New Covid Variant 4 cases found in India

The patients infected with the BF.7 and BF.12 forms of Omicron were reported in October-November, according to the Gujarat Health Department, where two cases were reported. They received treatment in home isolation and are now completely well. Sources claimed that the first case had come to light in July.

The Center has requested that all Covid-positive cases’ samples be sent to INSACOG genome sequencing facilities. The Health Ministry’s INSACOG forum tracks and studies different Covid strains throughout India, which includes all of the country’s states and Union Territories on a map.

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