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Omicron sub-variant BF.7 in India

Omicron sub-variant BF.7:

The Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre has recently detected the first case of the Omicron sub-variant BF.7 in India.

  • Omicron BF. 7 is the latest sub-variant of the Omicron variant, first detected in Northwest China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
  • It is also known as the ‘Omicron spawn’.
  • This new variant is fast spreading to several other countries including the United States, UK, Australia and Belgium.
  • Being a sub-variant of Omicron BA.5, BF.7 reportedly has enhanced immunity evasion in comparison to its parental strain.
  • This means that people who have been infected before or have taken the COVID-19 vaccines can get infected with BF.7.
  • The symptoms associated with the BF.7 sub-variant is similar to other sub-variants of Omicron.
  • This includes headache, persistent cough, changes in sense of smell, chest pain, hearing loss and shaking, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue.