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Chinese COVID Variant Shows Up in India, Raising Fears of Asia-Wide Wave

Sidhant Sibal is the Diplomatic & Defence Correspondent for the national television broadcaster WIONews.

The COVID-19 mutation currently roiling China’s healthcare service could be showing up in India. Indian health authorities have increased the genome sequencing of new cases amid reports of four cases of the Omicron BF7 subvariant currently dominant in China, showing up in the Indian states of Gujarat and Odisha.

Indian authorities advised the public not to panic but upped masking rules for contained spaces, urged its citizens to get boosted and to increase screening at airports. India went through intense COVID waves in 2020 and 2021, but this year has been better.

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