A person who returned from Zimbabwe has been discovered contaminated with the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Gujarat’s Jamnagar, the state well being division stated. That is the third Omicron case in India.
The pattern of the Jamnagar resident, a 72-year-old man, was despatched for genome sequencing after he examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Thursday, information company PTI reported quoting the state well being division, including Gujarat well being commissioner Jai Prakash Shivhare has confirmed that the person was discovered contaminated with Omicron.
The opposite two circumstances in India are of a 46-year-old totally vaccinated physician from Bengaluru, who had no journey historical past and developed signs of fever and physique ache, and a 66-year-old South African nationwide who got here to India with a damaging COVID-19 report.
The nation has stepped up testing and surveillance of all incoming worldwide passengers, particularly from at-risk nations because the Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa.
The World Well being Organisation has stated it might take weeks to find out whether or not Omicron is extra transmissible and whether or not it causes extra extreme infections – in addition to how efficient present therapies and vaccines are towards it.
However the brand new variant has already solid the world’s restoration into doubt. Greater than two dozen nations together with India have now detected circumstances of the variant.
The Well being Ministry on Friday stated it expects the Omicron variant to trigger much less extreme illness, due to vaccinations and excessive prior publicity to the Delta variant that contaminated practically 70 per cent of the inhabitants by July.
Almost half of India’s 944 million adults have been totally vaccinated. As many as 84 per cent have obtained at the very least one dose, with greater than 125 million individuals eligible now as the federal government pushes extra to get inoculated within the face of Omicron.
“Given the quick tempo of vaccination in India and excessive publicity to Delta variant, the severity of the illness is anticipated to be low. Nevertheless, scientific proof continues to be evolving,” the Well being Ministry stated.