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Scientist Rakesh Mishra: BF.7 variant of coronavirus not worrisome for India

Indian scientist Rakesh Mishra has shared an update on the current Covid-19 4th wave scare, saying Omicron BF.7 sub-variant is not worrisome for India. 

Covid situation in China has become a source of concern for world after Beijing abruptly ended its zero-Covid policy. Research groups have predicted that the death toll could rise to the  millions amid fears that new mutants could emerge as a new wave of infections quickly spreads throughout country.   On the otherside, on Friday, a prominent scientist Rakesh Mishra said BF.7 variant of coronavirus is a sub-variant of Omicron strain and that India need not worry too much about its severity on the population.

Rakesh Mishra, Director, Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS), Bangalore, however cautioned the people that wearing face masks and avoiding unnecessary crowds is always advisable. He further said that China has been witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases as the neighbouring country has not passed through different waves of infection that  country India had faced.

Rakesh Mishra  added, “BF.7  is a sub-variant of Omicron.  The main features of BF.7  will be like Omicron except for some of the small changes, and  there is no big difference. Most of the people have gone through the Omicron wave. So, we don’t have to worry about it. Essentially, it is the same virus.”

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