Two Omicron cases have been detected in India, the government said today. Both the cases have been reported in Karnataka. The new variant, first discovered in southern Africa, represents a fresh challenge to global efforts to battle the pandemic.
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Of the two, one is a foreign national. All primary contacts and secondary contacts of both the cases have been traced and are being tested, the Health Ministry said.
Both the cases are mild and haven’t shown any severe symptoms so far, it said.
The government said there’s no need to panic about Omicron detection but “awareness is absolutely essential”. Follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and avoid gatherings, it added.
The Omicron variant can be five times more infectious than the other known variants of the novel coronavirus, informed Joint Secretary of Health Ministry Lav Agrawal.
373 cases of Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in 29 nations so far and we are monitoring these cases, the Centre said.