One of these proteins, dubbed S728-1157, proved highly effective at neutralising not only older variants but also seven subtypes of Omicron.
He urged people to follow the necessary Covid-19 protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, washing hands, and not spitting anywhere.
The ministry has also asked to be alert to unverified and misleading news and messages on social media platforms
The XBB variant has been driving up cases in parts of Asia, drawing concerns for its high infectiousness.
Amid BF.7 Omicron subvariant scare, Odisha Chief Minister will chair a high-level meeting to review Covid situation in the state tomorrow.
The BF.7 is a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant BA.5, which, Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, Co-chairman, National IMA Covid taskforce, calls 'great-grandson of Omicron'.
Union Health Ministry said reliable oxygen supply is critical for saving lives during patient care and COVID-19 management.
The latest reported Covid-19 deaths in the capital were the first official fatalities since the government abandoned its stringent anti-virus controls earlier this month following widespread protests against the zero-Covid policy.
BF.7 (also known as BA.2.75.2) is a sub-lineage of the Covid Omicron variant BA.5.2.1.
The latest surge in global Covid cases, majorly driven by the Omicron sub-variant BA.5, may be causing increasing reinfections, meaning more people are catching Covid-19 for the second or third time, according to a media report.
New Zealand is currently under the orange settings of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, where there is no limit for gatherings.
Unlike the Delta variant, previously considered to be the main variant of concern in most countries, the dynamics of the Omicron variant showed different characteristics, they said.
The BA.12 variant was first detected in the US. There were two to three cases detected in Delhi and now one case in Patna.
The New York State Health Department identified two contagious variants having evidence of community spread. The sub-variants detected in Delhi, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra etc
According to WHO, the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to evolve. With such intense transmission worldwide, further variants, including recombinants, will emerge. This is expected."
Both BA.4 and BA.5 have also been added to the UK agency's monitoring list. One case each of BA.4 has already been detected in Scotland and England, up to March 30, according to the UKHSA.
Early-day estimates indicate a community growth rate advantage of 10% as compared to BA.2. However, this finding requires further confirmation, it said.
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The discouraging tendency among the elderly population in the State has made Odisha cut a poor figure on the national map
Meanwhile, health expert Dr Srikanth Dhar said, "Even though the Covid cases across the country is witnessing a downtrend, around 60% of the total cases have been detected with Omicron. BA.2 is higher in comparison to BA.1. It can be stated that almost all Covid cases are of Omicron."