Four cases of BF.7 variant of Omicron, which is responsible for the surge in Covid-19 cases in China, have been found in India, sources in the Union Health Ministry told India Today.
While two have been detected in Gujarat, one case has been traced to Odisha.
The two new cases of BF.7 have been detected in Gujarat's Vadodara and Ahmedabad.
Economic Times adds:
Random sampling of international passengers for Covid19 has started at airports in the country from Wednesday, reported ANI quoting Health Ministry sources.
The Karnataka government will start screening international passengers at Bengaluru airport in view of a sudden spurt in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the world, Health Minister K Sudhakar said.
He, however, did not specify from which date the screening process will begin at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) here.
“We will have to take certain precautionary measures in the wake of global situation. KIA has a high inflow of international passengers. We will start screening passengers there,” Sudhakar said.
The Minister emphasised the need for people to take precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the world, especially in China.
He said new COVID-19 guidelines would be issued.
The state government has taken measures to send positive samples for genome sequencing to keep track of emerging variants, as per Union Health Ministry's guidelines.
“Some countries including China and Japan are witnessing a sudden spurt in cases. China is witnessing more hospitalisation. Therefore, we need to focus on booster (precaution) dose coverage,” Sudhakar told reporters here.
“A high level meeting will be chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to discuss next course of action,” he added.
The state has achieved 100 per cent double dose COVID-19 vaccination, but a lot of people are yet to take precaution jab.
"All those who are yet to get their booster (precaution) shots should voluntarily come forward and get it," Sudhakar said in an appeal to people.