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India's First 2 Omicron Cases, Centre Says Don't Panic: 10 Points



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Omicron: The variant, first tagged as B.1.1.529, is the newest coronavirus pressure to be detected (File)

New Delhi:
Two COVID-19 circumstances of the Omicron variant have been detected in Karnataka, the Well being Ministry mentioned Thursday night, as India joins the rising checklist of nations to report the variant of the coronavirus that has triggered world alarm.

Listed below are the highest 10 factors on this massive story:

  1. The 2 who’ve examined constructive are international nationals who travelled to Bengaluru earlier this month – earlier than the centre’s strict new Omicron journey guidelines have been enforced. 

  2. Each sufferers are solely exhibiting gentle signs. All secondary and tertiary contacts have been traced and are being examined. The Well being Ministry mentioned it won’t disclose sufferers’ identities in order to guard their privateness.

  3. One of many samples (believed to be that of a 66-year-old man who flew in on November 20) was initially tagged because the Delta variant earlier than genome sequencing confirmed it was the brand new pressure.

  4. Confirming India’s first Omicron circumstances, the Well being Ministry additionally referred to as for calm and urged individuals to not panic. Well being Secretary Lav Agarwal and Dr VK Paul, who’s chief of the nation’s Covid activity drive, underlined the significance of following Covid-appropriate conduct and guaranteeing double vaccination.

  5. Worldwide airports throughout India started intensive screening and testing of all arrivals from yesterday morning. According to central pointers, all passengers arriving from ‘in danger’ nations (this consists of European nations and South Africa, the place the Omicron pressure was first detected) need to take RT-PCR checks on arrival. The check end result needs to be destructive as a way to depart the airport.

  6. Passengers from nations outdoors the ‘in danger’ checklist are being examined on a random sampling foundation (roughly two per cent of every planeload). They will depart the airport earlier than the check result’s declared. All worldwide arrivals, although, need to fill out self-declaration kinds to permit the federal government to trace them down in case they (or a contact) check constructive.

  7. This morning Maharashtra – which introduced a stricter algorithm and invited the centre’s displeasure in doing so – mentioned 4 Covid circumstances had been reported amongst worldwide passengers who landed in Mumbai earlier than the Omicron journey guidelines. Two of those passengers have been from London, one other from Mauritius and the fourth from South Africa.

  8. Yesterday Maharashtra and Delhi introduced six Covid circumstances every amongst worldwide arrivals, with Chandigarh reporting two extra circumstances (together with one shut contact). All these circumstances – yesterday and at the moment – have been positioned in isolation and their samples are being examined to substantiate the infecting pressure.

  9. The Omicron pressure – designated a ‘variant of concern’ by the WHO – is believed to have 50+ mutations, together with over 30 on the spike protein, which is the goal of present vaccines and is what the virus makes use of to unlock entry to our physique’s cells. Researchers are nonetheless figuring out if that is extra deadly, and if present vaccines defend towards it.

  10. As of November 26, the ‘in danger’ nations are these in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel. Of those, some European nations (together with the UK, Germany, Spain and Belgium), South Africa, Israel and Hong Kong have confirmed Omicron circumstances, as does Japan. The USA at the moment confirmed its Omicron Covid case.

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