Covid variant responsible for China surge now in India, Center in alert mode

So far, four cases of Omicron’s BF.7 sub-variant have been detected in India. The variant is driving the rise in Covid-19 cases in China.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: December 21, 2022 23:07 IST

Random samples will be tested for coronavirus for international passengers

Random samples will be tested for coronavirus for international passengers. (Image for Representation / Reuters)

By India Today Desktop web: India has so far reported four cases of BF.7 sub-variant of Omicron, the tension driving the current surge in Covid-19 infection in China. Cases of the BF.7 variant have been detected in Gujarat and Odisha, according to the sources.

With coronavirus cases rising in China, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and the US, the Center on Wednesday announced new guidelines to contain the spread of the infection. State governments have also been called upon to step up genome sequencing and take measures to control the spread of the virus.

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HERE ARE THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN THE STORY

  • Four cases of Omicron’s BF.7 variant have been found in india, Union Health Ministry sources told India Today. While two have been detected in Gujarat, one case has been traced to Odisha.

    BF.7 is a sublineage of the Omicron BA.5 variant and is reportedly more infectious than the other coronavirus variants known so far. It is highly transmissible, has a shorter incubation period, and a greater ability to cause reinfection or infect even those vaccinated.

  • Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the coronavirus situation in the country and called on people to follow appropriate Covid behaviour, including wearing masks in crowded places, and getting vaccinated.

    Mansukh Mandaviya said: “COVID is not over yet. I have ordered all concerned to be vigilant and strengthen vigilance. We are prepared to handle any situation.”

  • Random samples will be tested for coronavirus for international passengers, according to Health Ministry sources. The tests will be carried out at airports for passengers flying from China and other countries.

  • Several state governments also announced a series of measures to contain the spread of the infection. The Karnataka government said it will start monitoring international passengers at the Bangalore airport. Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel has also called on officials to carry out “mandatory” tests on travelers arriving in the state from other countries.

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    Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a emergency meeting on thursday to review Covid readiness.

  • The central and state governments have gone into alert mode following a spike in Covid-19 cases in China. Chinese health experts have warned that a new wave of Covid-19 infections that has hit China may lead to mutations of the virus.

    Videos shared on social media show medical resources facing additional stress and the number of Covid-19 cases overloading hospitals. Funeral homes in Chinese cities are also overwhelmed with deaths, although there is no official confirmation of the same from the Chinese government.

    Some models have predicted that 60 percent of the Chinese population may be infected with the virus in the coming months and the death toll may reach one million.

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