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The BF.7, also known as BA.2.75.2, was first detected in Northwest China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on October 4.
The Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre has detected the first case of the Omicron sub-variant BF.7 in India. Two new Omicron sub-variants BF.7 and BA.5.1.7, which are highly infectious with greater transmissibility, were recently detected in several provinces of China.
China imposed fresh lockdowns and travel restrictions across the country after its national health commission on October 12 reported 1,760 new local infections for the previous day.
Public health experts in India have advised caution considering the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in China.