January27 , 2022

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 Health Ministry stated Thursday night, as India joins the rising listing of nations to report the variant of the coronavirus that has triggered international alarm.

Here are the highest 10 factors on this massive story:

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

  2. Both sufferers are solely exhibiting delicate signs. All secondary and tertiary contacts have been traced and are being examined. The Health Ministry stated it is not going to disclose sufferers’ identities in order to guard their privateness.

  3. One of the 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 Health Ministry additionally known as for calm and urged individuals to not panic. Health Secretary Lav Agarwal and Dr VK Paul, who’s chief of the nation’s Covid job drive, underlined the significance of following Covid-appropriate habits and guaranteeing double vaccination.

  5. International airports throughout India started intensive screening and testing of all arrivals from yesterday morning. In line with central tips, all passengers arriving from ‘in danger’ international locations (this contains European nations and South Africa, the place the Omicron pressure was first detected) should take RT-PCR assessments on arrival. The take a look at end result needs to be adverse so as to go away the airport.

  6. Passengers from nations exterior the ‘in danger’ listing are being examined on a random sampling foundation (roughly two per cent of every planeload). They can go away the airport earlier than the take a look at result’s declared. All worldwide arrivals, although, should fill out self-declaration types to permit the federal government to trace them down in case they (or a contact) take a look at constructive.

  7. This morning Maharashtra – which introduced a stricter algorithm and invited the centre’s displeasure in doing so – stated 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 this time – 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 in opposition to it.

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

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