Nepal detects Omicron’s another new subvariant, BF.1

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File: A woman’s swab sample is being collected for the coronavirus test, in Kathmandu, in July 2020.

Kathmandu, July 21

After BA.5 and BA.2.75, Nepal has detected yet another new subvariant of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus–BF.1.

As BA.5, BF.1 was also detected at Dhulikhel Hospital‘s Molecular and Genomic Sequencing Research Lab.

“BF.1 was not detected in Nepal yet. Hence, we have reported the case to the National Public Health Laboratory,” the hospital source says, “This is said to be one of the most infectious subvariant discovered so far.”

Although World Health Organization has declared it a variant of concern, the scale of its impact is still being studied.

Experts have suggested everyone needs to be precautious as the vaccines, taken months to years ago, might could inefficient against the new subvariants.

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