New COVID Strain LIVE | Two Cases Of Omicron Detected In India: Health Ministry

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Two cases of Omicron variant reported in India so far, Union Health Ministry said on Thursday, adding that both cases are from Karnataka.

Speaking at the Health Ministry briefing, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, said, “All their contacts have been identified and they are under monitoring. The protocol is being followed.”

Meanwhile, Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR, said, “Two cases of Omicron 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 appropriate behaviour is required.”

Key takeaways from Health Ministry briefing:

– All Omicron related cases are found to have mild symptoms so far…In all such cases in the country and across the world so far, no severe symptom has been noted: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary

– Passengers arriving from ‘at risk’ countries need to undergo RT-PCR test on arrival. If found positive for COVID, they’ll be treated under clinical management protocol. If tested negative they’ll follow, home quarantine for 7 days: Lav Agarwal

– There is an increase in 2nd dose of vaccination. Several initiatives were taken to increase number of vaccination across country. Number of COVID19 cases increasing in Europe region, 70% of global COVID19 cases are reported in the region

– Kerala and Maharashtra are the two states that have more than 10,000 actives cases – 55% of the cases of the country are reported in these two states

Omicron – what we know so far

Meanwhile, India reported 9,216 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Minister on Friday.

On the vaccination front, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 125.75 crores, the ministry said in a statement.


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