The first two instances of the Omicron variant have been reported in India


India confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant on Thursday (Dec 2), following a surge in infections and deaths in the country, where the Delta strain is the dominant strain, between April and June. According to top health ministry official Luv Agarwal, two individuals aged 66 and 46 in southern Karnataka tested positive for the Omicron strain.
At a press conference, he added, “All of their primary and secondary links have been monitored and are being examined, as per the protocols.”
Even though India has yet to impose any blanket travel bans, the health ministry on Monday ordered all inbound travellers from 12 “at-risk” nations to undergo mandatory post-arrival Covid-19 testing, as well as random testing of other international visitors. On Wednesday, Mumbai, India’s largest city, implemented obligatory seven-day quarantines for all travellers travelling from at-risk economies.
Omicron, which was initially detected in southern Africa, poses a new challenge to global attempts to combat the epidemic, with certain countries immediately reimposing restrictions that earlier had been lifted.
It’s the most recent coronavirus strain to emerge since the outbreak began, including the presently prevalent Delta form, which was discovered in India in October 2020. Between April and June, a terrible Covid-19 outbreak in India killed over 200,000 individuals, causing hospitals and crematoriums to overflow.
It happened after the Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s most significant religious events, drew roughly 25 million Hindu pilgrims. Experts blamed that gathering, as well as significant state election rallies, for fueling the Delta surge.


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