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Omicron enters India; 2 cases detected in Karnataka

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New Delhi: The much-discussed and debated Omicron variant of coronavirus has found its way into India.

The Union Health Ministry has announced that two cases of Omicron variant have been confirmed in the country.

Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the Union Health Ministry, said, “Two Omicron variant cases have been detected in Karnataka in last 24 hours.” He added that all international travellers would be tested, emphasizing on the need for contact tracing.

Agarwal added that in all the cases across the world, no severe symptoms have been noted.

The cases were detected through ISACOG in Karnataka, the government said.

It urged the public not to panic, but stressed on the importance of awareness and following Covid-appropriate behaviour and avoid gatherings.

According to GISAID, 373 cases of Omicron had been detected in 29 countries as on December 1.

The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa.

In wake of the spread of the virus, the Indian government had revised travel guidelines for international travellers.

RT-PCR test has been made mandatory upon arrival in India. Also, the travellers have to take a test within 72 hours of departure.

According to reports, the new variant is highly transmissible..

 

 

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