Omicron sub-variant BF.7 now not recognized in any pattern in T.N. up to now, says Well being Minister


Health Minister Ma. Subramanian

Well being Minister Ma. Subramanian
| Photograph Credit score: M. VEDHAN

Omicron sub-variant BF.7, now dominant in some nations, has now not been recognized in any of the COVID-19 certain samples of world passengers despatched for entire genome sequencing up to now in Tamil Nadu, Well being Minister Ma. Subramanian mentioned on Monday. The six sequenced samples , which have been sequenced, had been of Omicron sub-variants that have been in circulate within the State for the final seven to 8 months, he advised journalists.

The Minister mentioned Omicron sub-lineage BF.7 was once in circulate in nations akin to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Since December 24, 13 passengers, together with those that returned from China, Cambodia and Dubai, have examined certain on arrival within the State.

“A complete of 13 world passengers — 2% randomly examined and passengers from 5 explicit nations — have examined certain on arrival within the State. All their samples had been in an instant despatched for entire genome sequencing,” he mentioned. Giving out the consequences for 6 samples, he mentioned Omicron sub-variant BA.5.2 was once recognized within the samples of a lady and her kid from Virudhunagar who examined certain on coming back from China, whilst the samples of the returnees from Muscat, Bangkok and Kuwait had been of the BA.2.10.1 variant.

The XBB.1 variant was once recognized within the pattern of someone else who travelled from Muscat, he mentioned. “The six samples had been recognized with Omicron sub-variants already in circulate within the State for the final seven to 8 months. Maximum of them are asymptomatic.

No person was once inflamed with the BF.7 sub-variant,” he added. Within the final two months, 93 samples had been despatched for entire genome sequencing, of which 91 individuals (98%) had been of the Omicron sub-variants BA.2 and BA.5 and a couple of% had been of the Delta variant.


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