Beijing, October 12: As China imposes new lockdowns and travel restrictions amid the Covid outbreak, the country has detected new subvariants of Omicron BF.7 and BA.5.1.7, which are highly infections with greater transmissibility.
BF.7 (also known as BA.2.75.2) is a subline of the Covid Omicron BA.5.2.1 variant.
According to local reports, BF.7 was detected on October 4 in Yantai and Shaoguan City.
The BA.5.1.7 subvariant was first detected in mainland China, as reported by Global Times.
The World Health Organization (WHOO) had warned of the highly infectious BF.7 subvariant.
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