Omicron: In what could be termed as a major setback to India, which is recovering from the two waves of Covid-19 pandemic, Omicron variant of the virus has been detected in India. Two cases have been identified and both are from Karnataka, says the Union government.
Two Covid-19 cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in India, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, in the first confirmation of the coronavirus strain within the country’s borders that has triggered global alarm. Both the cases have been reported in Karnataka with the patients being two men aged 66 and 46, the Health Ministry said. Both are male foreign returnees. Contact tracing of the Omicron patients have also been done.
Confirming the Omicron’s advent into India, Director General of Indian Council for Medical Research, Balram Bhargava said, “Two cases of Omircron 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.”
According to the Health Ministry, the variant has not shown fatal signs and is at present manageable. The Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa and since then has spread to nearly two dozen countries. The Indian government has already implemented strict measures for international travellers.