Omicron Variant detected in India

Omicron Variant detected in India

Omicron Variant detected in India

Two men in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant after returning from overseas. The men, who are 66 years and 46 years old, are currently under observation, a government spokesperson said. All primary and secondary contacts have been traced and tested.

Amid concerns over the new Omicron variant, Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog on Thursday said that increased Covid-19 vaccine uptake is the need of the hour and asked people to not delay in getting fully vaccinated .

“We need not panic about Omicron detection but awareness is absolutely essential. Follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and avoid gatherings,” a Health Ministry official said during the media briefing on Thursday. 

Kerala and Maharashtra have over 10,000 active Covid cases while nine states and Union Territories have active cases between 1,000 and 10,000. The weekly Covid19 positivity rate was over 10 per cent in 15 districts and between 5 and 10 % in 18 districts, the official said.