Bengaluru: The Omicron variant of Covid-19, which had kept the world on its toes for the last few days, have now made its entry to India! “Two cases of the variant has been reported in the country so far. Both cases from Karnataka,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry.
Giving update on the same, Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR, said “Two cases of Omircron has been detected in Karnataka so far through genome sequencing effort of INSACOG consortium of 37 laboratories established by the Ministry of Health. We need not panic, but awareness is absolutely essential. COVID apt behaviour is required.”
The government has made these points so far:
– All primary, secondary contacts of both Omicron cases detected in Karnataka have been traced and are being tested.
– (People) need not panic about Omicron detection but awareness absolutely essential; follow Coivd-appropriate behaviour, avoid gatherings.
– Increased COVID-19 vaccine uptake need of the hour, do not delay in getting fully vaccinated.
– 373 cases of Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 detected in 29 nations so far; India is monitoring the situation.