Delhi, Dec 22: Four cases of Covid BF.7 sub-variant of Omicron, which is driving the huge Covid surge in China, have been detected in India. The cases of the variant had surfaced in Gujarat and Odisha. As of now, there is no mandatory Covid protocol in the country.
India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has noted the spike in COVID cases in China, Brazil, Japan, the US, and Korea and is deploying a series of measures. Officials said that there is no need for panic. India’s COVID numbers are currently at their lowest since the pandemic began. It has been in a steady decline for the past 5 months.
COVID BA.220.127.116.11 in India: What all you need to know
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the situation related to Covid-19 and related aspects in the country at a high-level meeting on Thursday.
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to hold review meeting today amid rising coronavirus cases
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asks the Bengal health department to monitor the situation
- All international airports in the country will start random testing of incoming passengers with effect from Wednesday
- 4 cases of the Omicron variant BF.7 have been detected in India. Of these cases, two cases have been reported from Gujarat, and one in Odisha.
- The recent case is in Vadodara, where a person who arrived from the US tested positive for the BF.7 variant of covid.
- The government of India has advised people to masks in public places, although this is not mandatory yet.
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COVID in China: What all you need to know
- The dominant virus strain in China is a sub-variant of Omicron which is called BF.7 (short for BA.18.104.22.168). This strain is highly transmissible and more infectious than any other variant. It has been circulating for a year now.
- Amid concerns about a lack of data from the Chinese government, a senior World Health Organization official said that China may be struggling to keep a tally of Covid-19 infections as the country experiences a significant spike in such cases
- China reported 2,700 cases and five deaths on 19th December. This is significantly lower than the 40,000 cases reported in November. It is worth noting that early in December, China eased the rules for RT-PCR tests.
- Unlike in previous times, citizens no longer need an RT-PCR test to enter any public place. Death of patients with pre-existing illnesses is not being recorded as COVID-related death.