BF.7 in India will be different from that of China, experts have assured as the China population did not develop herd immunity because of stringent lockdown there till last month. the new variant behind the surge of Covid cases in China, have been detected in India prompting the Centre and the states to up their guards against the infectious variant.
India’s case will be different, experts are hopeful
While the situation is worrying in China with millions of deaths being forecast in the coming months, India’s case will be different, experts are hopeful. All these four BF.7 cases were detected in past – in July, September and November. There is no active case of BF.7 in India.
Delta which drove the second wave of the pandemic in India is still there
The BF.7 is not a new variant and is a sublineage of the Omicron variant BA.5. There are 10 different variants of SARS-CoV-2 in India and BF.7 is the latest of them. Delta which drove the second wave of the pandemic in India is still there.
One infected person can spread the Covid infection
It is believed to have the strongest infection ability among the Omicron subvariants. One infected person can spread the Covid infection to 10 to 18 people, going by its average reproduction number of 10 to 18.6. Omicron, on the other hand, has an average RO of 5.08.
People have been advised to bring back the masks in crowded places
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a review meeting and stressed the need for caution. People have been advised to bring back the masks in crowded places. States have increased their surveillance and random testing of incoming international passengers will be stepped up again.
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China till last month owing to which herd immunity has not been developed
Experts have been emphasising that China’s condition is different because there was a stringent lockdown in China till last month owing to which herd immunity has not been developed. Another factor cited by experts is the vaccines that China administered to its people. All of them were made in China.
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