Is the threat of COVID growing in India as the situation worsens in China?

When the world began to live with COVID and its strains Be part of their lives The situation in China has become a grim reminder of the previous days. As the epidemic took over the world, cases of coronavirus rose again in many countries. Especially in China where the landscape has changed dramatically. After mass protests, China suddenly lifted restrictions. Which led to the spread of COVID-19 in the country The report said that the increase in COVID-19 infections in China recently This is a result of Omicron’s subspecies BF.7. The rapid rise in China has shifted focus to COVID in India. The government has asked people to be vaccinated and wear masks.

The number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 4.46 million, with 188 new cases recorded on Dec. 28. The country’s capital recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. with a positive rate of 0.44 per cent in Delhi.

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China’s ZERO Covid-19 policy has failed.

China is one of the countries that has taken the strictest measures to curb the number of coronavirus infections. From mass testing to rigorous surveillance systems to closing all public forums. COVID-19 restrictions In China, they were enforced even though there were few cases. However, the Chinese government was forced to lift these restrictions after violent protests.

Experts are of the opinion that COVID restrictions in China were lifted immediately without notifying hospitals. The abrupt abandonment of the ZERO Covid policy as protests escalate is being touted as the main cause behind the outbreak.

Omicron sub-variant BF.7 drives coronavirus situation in China

Like other viruses Coronaviruses mutate and give rise to other sub-lineages. This is a process known as convergent evolution. The increasing trend in China is believed to be due to the BF.7 variant, which is a descendant of Omicron’s BA.5 subvariate. Different names have been assigned to different variants. It depends on which variable it comes from.

The BF.7 variant affects 5 percent of patients in the United States. and more than 7 per cent of UK patients. Citing data from multiple health authorities. A study published in the journal ‘Cell Host and Microbe’ reported that the BF.7 subvariate was 4.4 times more resistant to neutralization than the original D614G variant.

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How is the Covid-19 situation in India?

The epidemic has moved back to the center of attention in India following the surge in COVID-19 cases. in China recently which is expected to kill millions of people there

Dr. Ashutosh Shukla, Senior Director of Internal Medicine and Medical Director, Max Hospital Gurugram, Harayana, explains, “As COVID cases increase again in countries such as China, the United States, and Korea, with BF-7 cases increasing. 4 new cases reported in India It’s time for us to go back to the covid norms. Since the chances of this variant spreading across the country are high, appropriate behaviors against COVID include wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, and avoiding crowded places.”

during Christmas and New Year Crowds are inevitable. Increase the risk that new strains will spread. Therefore, it is important to follow proper precautions.

“There is also advice that if one goes to a crowded place Should wear a mask and wash hands often and properly with water. If not available, use hand sanitizer and maintain social distance. This will help prevent the spread of COVID again,” advised Dr. Chukla.

The government plans to implement strict measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in India.

Due to the COVID situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the meeting. He stressed the need to ensure that the entire infrastructure is ready in terms of equipment, processes and human resources. While chairing a high-level meeting to review COVID-19 preparedness of the government after a large number of infected people in China

The prime minister called for increased testing and genome sequencing activities. INSACOG’s genome sequencing facility has asked the state to provide large quantities of samples every day. He also urged people to comply with COVID-19 norms. especially in the pre-festival period

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