India finds initially two cases of Omicron, both from Karnataka

India detects initially two cases of Omicron, both from Karnataka


< img src ="https://timesnewsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/9r1Tc3.jpeg"class ="ff-og-image-inserted"> New Delhi: Two cases of the brand-new Covid version, Omicron, have actually been identified in India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated on Thursday.

Briefing the media on the situation of Covid and vaccination in the country, Health Ministry’s joint secretary Lav Agarwal stated that both the cases have been reported in Karnataka, with the clients being two men aged 66 and 46, however added that their identities will not be revealed for now to protect their personal privacy.

The two cases were detected through genome sequencing effort of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG, a consortium of 37 labs developed by Union Health Ministry, said Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Agarwal included that the close contacts of both the cases have been identified and have actually been kept under seclusion.

The Health Ministry added that there is no need to stress about the brand-new Covid variation, but said that proper Covid-behaviour is needed to be followed and individuals should avoid public events.

It also worried on the value of vaccination at this point of time and stated that increased vaccine uptake is the requirement of the hour. They advised individuals to not delay in getting completely vaccinated.

Reacting to a question if a nationwide lockdown will be revealed, Agarwal stated that there is no need it, adding that using masks is the most important action to take up at this time.

Meanwhile, Lav Agarwal informed that the Omicron version can be five times more transmittable than the other recognized variants of the unique coronavirus.

“Around 29 nations have actually reported 373 cases of Omicron Variant so far,” he included.

India was set to restart scheduled business global flights on Dec 15, however on Wednesday scrapped that strategy and stated a resumption date would be revealed in due course.

The federal government has recommended states to increase screening, a week after the health ministry said a recent fall in screening might undermine India’s efforts to include the pandemic.

The nation reported 9,765 brand-new cases on Thursday, taking its total to 34.61 million.

Released at Thu, 02 Dec 2021 05:09:35 -0600