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PM Modi Chairs High-Level Meeting To Review COVID Situation

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New Delhi: Amid the rising COVID concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting at 4 PM on Thursday to review the COVID situation in the country.

Meanwhile, four cases of Omicron subvariant BF.7 have been detected in India so far. BF.7 is the strain of China’s current surge of COVID cases.

BF.7 is a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant BA.5 and has the strongest infection ability and holds a higher capacity to cause reinfection or infect even those vaccinated.

The cases of BF.7 in India were detected in July, September & November. A total of four cases were reported; three cases have been reported from Gujarat while one case has been reported from Odisha.

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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country and the preparedness of the public health system for surveillance, containment, and management of the pandemic.

He urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behavior and get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Emphasizing that the pandemic is not over yet, he asked officials to be fully geared up to challenge and step up surveillance.

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases globally, the central government briefed all states to conduct genome sequencing of samples, the additional chief secretary of Health Manoj Agarwal informed on Wednesday.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), the central government briefed all states on the increasing trend of Covid-19 variants in parts of the world and asked them to ensure that whole genome sequencing is done in all states,” he said.

There has been an alarming surge in Covid cases in China, Japan, South Korea, France, and the United States. The spike is being blamed on the new Omicron sub-variant BF.7, which has also been detected in four Indian states.

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