The subvariant BF.7 of the Omicron variant of corona virus has not been confirmed in Nepal.
Ministry of Health issued a statement on Thursday and requested to be vigilant even if the BF.7 subvariant was not found.
It was confirmed after the gene sequencing of samples collected last month from all over Nepal. The omicron and other subvariants were confirmed in the samples of 48 people, but BF.7 was not found.
According to the ministry, Omicron variants BA.2, BA.2.75, BA.2.75.1, BA.2.75.2, BA.2.75.3, BA.2.75.5, BA.2.75.6, BA.2.76, BA.5.2, BA.5.2.1, BM.1, BM.1.1.3, BN.1.3, BQ.1.1, BQ.1.2, B.Y.1 and XBB have been confirmed.
The ministry stated the necessity to be well informed and aware of the spread of infection in neighboring countries.
The risk of new forms of infection is increasing in some countries. As the new variant is spreading, the Ministry is working on increasing surveillance and coordinating with related countries,'' the statement said.
Ministry has also appealed to use masks, maintain social distance and pay attention to cleanliness of hands.
Only one person has been confirmed to be infected with the corona virus in Nepal on Thursday.