Hyderabad: Omicron has affected the Indian population and more than 80 percent of them have developed antibodies against the virus. The new emerging variants of Omicron are of importance for science to understand the evolution of the virus.
If there is a mutation and a new variant of SARS-Cov 2 emerges then it is a matter of concern. It is important to be alert for a new variant that will be of concern to the world. For that reason, surveillance, genome sequencing, and masks are important for the safety of the people.
What is the reason for the increasing cases in China?
China followed a strict 'Zero Covid-19 policy' and due to that policy, the development of antibodies from natural infection has not occurred. This is one of the main reasons for Omicron infecting a large number of people. Ninety-nine percent of cases in China are mild and those who are suffering from severe and debilitating conditions are those whose immunity is compromised.
Is BF.7 of Omicron a concern?
BF.7 of Omicron was first found in Europe in July 2022. It has been found in 40 countries of the world and the total number of samples collected is 41,000, according to the World Health Organization.
No BF.7 samples have been collected in India so far by INSAGOG. The scientific community has not raised an alert on BF.7. They are concerned about the other variant, XXB, and are monitoring its spread closely.
India on alert for Covid-19
India is putting its Covid-19 guidelines back in place as it does not want a situation that occurred in 2020.
While precautions are required, is there a hidden intent?
Is Covid-19 being used for political gain? There was already a hint given during the Bharat Jodo Yatra which is attracting a large public gathering.
Is it one way to curb political gatherings and meetings around the country? Are the political opponents to be targeted in the name of Covid-19?
Two hundred G20 meetings will be organized at 55 locations in the country in 2023 by the government of India. There will be a large number of international delegates in all the cities of India. Festivals and events are organized in all the tourist destinations and that is a major mandate of the Indian government.
With Covid-19 guidelines and a large influx of international delegates next year, is Omicron and its variants really a worry?