New Delhi: On a day when India reported two cases of Omicron, a 72-year-old man tested Covid positive in Gujarat’s Jamnagar after his return from Zimbabwe, one of the ‘at risk’ countries identified by the authorities.
The other two cases are of a 46-year-old fully vaccinated doctor from Bengaluru, who had no travel history and developed symptoms of fever and body ache, and a 66-year-old South African national who came to India with a negative COVID-19 report.
The country has stepped up testing and surveillance of all incoming international passengers, especially from at-risk nations since the Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa.
The World Health Organisation has said it could take weeks to determine whether Omicron is more transmissible and whether it causes more severe infections – as well as how effective current treatments and vaccines are against it.
But the new variant has already cast the world’s recovery into doubt. More than two dozen nations including India have now detected cases of the variant.