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First incidence of COVID sub-variant BF-7 confirmed by the health department

A case of BF-7, the highly infectious Covid-19 sub-variant, has been detected in Karachi
2023-02-01
First incidence of COVID sub-variant BF-7 confirmed by the health department

Karachi has been found to have a case of BF-7, a highly contagious Covid-19 sub-variant, the province health department announced on Tuesday.

 

The Dow University of Health Sciences tested the sample (DUHS).

 

It is the first instance of the extremely contagious coronavirus sub-variant in the nation, according to health department experts. It was found in a male patient, 49 years old.

 

The authorities claimed that in spite of BF-7's immune-evasive traits and the alarming indications of its expansion in China, the variant appears to be rather stable elsewhere.

 

According to the latest data, BF-7 is quicker to transmit than other variants. It has a shorter incubation period with a greater capacity to infect people who have previously been infected with Covid-19 or even vaccinated.

 

Earlier, the provincial health department has confirmed the presence of XBB and XBB-1 sub-variants of the Omicron variant in the city.

 

The latest health department report showed that 12 patients being treated at hospitals were on ventilator and five new cases were detected over the past two days.

 

 

“For example, in the US, it was estimated to account for 5.7 per cent of infections up to Dec 10, 2022, down from 6.6pc the week prior. The Chinese situation and BF-7’s high reproduction rate might be partly due to a low level of immunity in China from the previous infection and possibly vaccination,” the department stated.

 

According to the latest data, BF-7 is quicker to transmit than other variants. It has a shorter incubation period with a greater capacity to infect people who have previously been infected with Covid-19 or even vaccinated.

 

Earlier, the provincial health department has confirmed the presence of XBB and XBB-1 sub-variants of the Omicron variant in the city.

 

The latest health department report showed that 12 patients being treated at hospitals were on ventilator and five new cases were detected over the past two days.