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Mumbai records three more cases of BF.7 variant of covid

Genome sequencing of international passengers who tested positive for Covid-19 found three samples positive for BF.7, a sublineage of the Omicron strain suspected to be responsible for the surge in cases in several countries, including China.

All three patients are from Mumbai and have made a full recovery, according to a state health department report released Monday evening. This is the first time a BF.7 variant has been isolated from genome sequencing in the state.

“Two of them are from China and one is from Canada. All of them are vaccinated. All of them had mild symptoms and did not require hospitalization.

An official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Ministry of Health said only one person who participated in contact tracing tested positive for COVID-19, while the others tested negative. “There is no need to panic as all patients have recovered from self-isolation,” said BMC Administrative Health Officer Dr. Mangala Gomare.

Against the backdrop of the worldwide surge in COVID-19, the screening of international flyers arriving at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur airports has begun from 24 December 2022.

Since then, 4,12,040 passengers have arrived in the state, of which 9,415 have received RTPCR. 23 of them tested positive, and samples were sent for genome sequencing.

Of the 23 Covid-positive flyers, 5 were from Mumbai, 3 from Pune and 1 each from Navi Mumbai, Amravati and Sangli. Four in Gujarat, two each in Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Odisha and Telangana.

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