Indian population already has hybrid immunity against BF.7, no need to restrict international flights:Dr Randeep Guleria

Former Director of AIIMS, Dr. Randeep Guleria, stated that India’s current Covid scenario does not warrant restricting international flights or imposing a lockdown, but there is a need to strengthen vigilance and vigilance due to the sudden onset of Covid-19 cases in China and elsewhere. the countries

Dr Guleria said, “Given the current situation and the good level of hybrid immunity in the population, there does not seem to be any need for a lockdown,” news agency PTI reported.

“Overall, there is no increase in the number of Covids and India is currently in a comfortable situation. In the current situation, there is no need to restrict or impose a lockdown on international flights,” Dr Randeep Guleria, former director of AIIMS, told PTI on Friday. .

Past experiences show that banning flights is not effective in stopping the transmission of the infection, he said. “Furthermore, the data suggests that the Omicron sub-variant BF.7 that is driving the rise in China has already been found in our country.”

Asked whether a lockdown is needed in the coming days, Dr Guleria said: “No new outbreak of severe Covid cases and hospitalizations are unlikely because the Indian population has hybrid immunity, very good vaccination coverage and natural infection.”

The current Covid situation in India is under control and there is no reason to panic, said Dr NK Arora, Chairman, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).

“Considering the current situation and the good level of hybrid immunity in the population, there does not seem to be any need for the blockade,” said Dr. Guleria.

Speaking to PTI, Rakesh Mishra, Director, Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS), Bangalore, however, cautioned that it is always advisable to wear face masks and avoid unnecessary crowds. The former director of the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology said that China has seen an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases because neighboring countries have not gone through the different waves of infection that India has experienced. “This is a sub-variant of Omicron. The main features will be the same as Omicron except for some minor changes, there is no big difference. Most of us have been through the Omicron wave. So we don’t have to worry about it.

Basically, it’s the virus itself,” he said. China is experiencing a surge in infections because of its “zero-Covid policy,” under which authorities lock down apartment buildings or cordon off a neighborhood when a resident tests positive, causing major inconvenience to people. , said the scientist.

What is the BF.7 sublineage of the Omicron BA.5 variant?

BF.7 is a sublineage of the Omicron BA.5 variant and has the strongest infectivity as it is highly transmissible. It has a shorter incubation period, and the vaccinated person is also more capable of causing reinfection or infection.

*With contributions from agencies

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