After BA.5 and BA.2.75, Nepal discovered a new subvariant of the coronavirus-BF.1 Omicron variant.
BF.1 was discovered in the Molecular and Genomic Sequencing Research Lab at Dhulikhel Hospital.
“BF.1 has not yet been detected in Nepal. As a result, we reported the case to the National Public Health Laboratory. This is said to be one of the most infectious subvariants discovered so far,” said a Hospital source.
Although the World Health Organization has classified it as a variant of concern, the extent of its impact is still being investigated.
According to experts, everyone should take precautions because vaccines took months to years ago may be ineffective against the new subvariants.
The BF.1 subvariant was first detected in June-end and has been spreading in the UK, Scotland, Denmark, and Canada, among other countries.
The graph of Covid-19 has been rising since the last week. In an alarming case, Nepal recorded 457 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday. BA5, a sub-variant of Omicron, was discovered in Nepal through gene sequencing research. This sub-variant is highly infectious. BA.5 is believed for causing a surge in new cases.
Doctors advise people to stop being careless and start following public health protocols put in place by the government during the first three waves.
Nepalese people are seen undergoing Covid-19 tests only when their work requires it or when they need to travel abroad. As a result, only a few tests are performed, resulting in the detection of fewer cases.
As people’s and businesses’ daily lives return to normal, the general public is seen largely defying Covid-19 safety protocols, potentially triggering the next wave of Covid-19 infection in the coming days.