List of all Covid variant names, BF.7 Omicron sub-variant updates

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• Here is a list of Covid variant names with the latest updates. Currently, the Highly transmissible BF.7 strain is believed to be behind the current surge in Covid infections in China.

• The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly mutating. Here SARS-CoV-2 stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2.

• Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen several distinct variants of the COVID-19 virus, including alpha, beta, delta, and omicron.

• The World Health Organization has been monitoring and evaluating the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 since January 2020.

Covid variant names latest list

Sl.NoWho labelPango lineageFirst Outbreak
1OmicronB.1.1.529South Africa
2Omicron SubvariantBF.7 or BA.5.2.1.7China
3Omicron SubvariantXEUnited Kingdom
3Omicron SubvariantBA.2United States
3AlphaB.1.1.7United Kingdom
4BetaB.1.351South Africa
5GammaP.1Brazil
6DeltaB.1.617.2India
6Delta SubvariantAY.4.2England
7MuB.1.621Colombia
8LambdaC.37Peru
9EtaB.1.525UK and Nigeria
10IotaB.1.526USA
11KappaB.1.617.1India
12EpsilonB.1.427 / B.1.429 Los Angeles, USA
13ThetaP.3Philippines
14ZetaP.2Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
16IHUB.1.640.2France
17DeltacronXDCyprus

How many variants of covid are there?

• According to the World Health Organization, there are 16 variants of Covid-19 such as:

• Omicron
• Alpha
• Beta
• Gamma
• Delta
• Mu
• Lambda
• Eta
• Iota
• Kappa
• Epsilon
• Theta
• Zeta
• XE
• IHU
• Deltacron

XE Variant -Web story

Variants of covid 19 in India

Two variants of covid in India: Delta and Kappa

• As of December 2022, only two corona variants have been found in India, delta and kappa.

• Delta (B.1.617.2) and Kappa variants (B.1.617) were both variants of SARS-CoV-2. The delta variant was first detected in India in late 2020 and the kappa variant was first detected in India in December 2020.

• The Delta variant was named on 31 May 2021 and had spread to over 179 countries by 22 November 2021.

• BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, and NowBF.7 are all sublineages of the omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

New variants of covid 19 in India: BF7

• The BF.7 is a sub-variant of SARS-CoV-2 first identified in China in September 2022.

• Four Covid-19 cases have been reported in India due to the BF.7 variant, which has led to a rapid increase in infections in China since July.

• As per the official data. Three cases were reported from Gujarat and one was confirmed from Odisha.

Covid new sub-variant of omicron

• A new sub-variant of the Omicron, BF.7 was first reported in late September 2022 in China’s Yantai and Shaoguan districts.

• The Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on 24 November 2021 by the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa.

• A study published earlier this month in the journal Cell Host and Microbe reported that the BF.7 sub-variant has 4.4 times greater neutralization resistance.

• A higher neutralization resistance means a higher probability of the variant spreading and replacing other variants in a population.

• According to reports, the BF.7 omicron variant spreads rapidly, has a short incubation period, and easily infects people regardless of vaccination status.

BF.7 Omicron sub-variant Symptoms and precautions 

What are the symptoms of Omicron subvariant BF.7?

• Symptoms of Omicron subvariant BF.7 are quite similar to other subvariants like BA.1, and BA.2.

• The most common symptoms are runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough, vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea.

• However, people who have not yet received the vaccine or who have weakened immune systems and have pre-existing medical conditions are more prone to develop severe disease from this variant.

What are the precautions?

• Follow social distancing rules.

• Wash your hands frequently with hand sanitizer.

• Don’t forget to wear a mask.

• Avoid crowded areas.

• Take booster doses

[According to Dr VK Paul (Member of NITI Aayog)
, 27-28% of India’s eligible population has received precautionary doses of Covid-19 so far.]

Points to remember about BF.7 sub-variant

• BF.7 is a subvariant of Omicron.

• BF.7 also known as BA.5.2.1.7.

• BA.5.2.1.7. is a sub-lineage of the BA.5 Omicron variant.

• The first Omicron variant was identified in South Africa

• The recent spike in Covid 19 diseases in China has been attributed to subvariant BF.7.

• The new Omicron sub-variant is more infectious than previous variants.

• A person infected with BF.7 variant can infect 10 to 18 people.

• Even vaccinated individuals can become infected with the new Omicron sub-variant BF.7.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Is there any case of BF 7 in India?

Answer: Four cases of Omicron sub-variant BF.7 (3 in Gujarat and 1 in Odisha) have been detected in India so far.

Q2. What is the latest variant of the Omicron?

Answer: BF.7 is the latest subvariant of Omicron that was recently detected in China.

Q3. What are the symptoms of the Omicron BF.7 variant?

Answer: fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting.

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