Even though Omicron has caused fewer cases of severe disease and hospitalisation than Delta, the new Covid-19 variant might not be entirely harmless, WHO Covid-19 body chief recently warned.
The World Health Organisation has so far identified 13 Covid-19 variants. These include the deadly Delta and the highly infectious Omicron but also variants like Eta and Kappa that have stopped being big threats.
He said eight Omicron cases have so far been reported in Uttar Pradesh and of the patients, three have recovered and the others are in home isolation.
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In the countries with Omicron-driven surge, the home secretary said, the growth trajectory of cases has been very steep and in our country, 578 Omicron cases have already been reported in 19 States and UTs so far.
"We would like to know if these are cases of old variants or the new Omicron variant. Hence, all samples which test positive will be sent for genome sequencing," Arvind Kejriwal said in an online briefing.
Of the six new cases in Karnataka, one is a passenger from the UK, while five others are from COVID-19 clusters in two educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada district, and their travel history or contact with the international travellers are being ascertained, officials said.
The Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said the samples of the 28 passengers have been sent for genomic sequencing analysis.
According to the official report from Hangzhou, the provincial headquarters, of the 138 cases in Zhejiang, 44 cases were reported in Ningbo, 77 cases in Shaoxing and 17 cases were in the provincial capital of Hangzhou.
Omicron Covid-19 variant is causing milder infection than delta, even if it seems to be spreading faster, the South African doctors suspect. They said most of the patients with the Omicron Covid19 variant have recovered within 10 to 14 day period.
Omicron Covid-19 variant: The WHO has warned the Asia-Pacific region faces a surge in Covid-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads. Elsewhere, a British study found that mRNA vaccines provide the biggest boost to antibody levels.
The strict guidelines for international passengers, especially coming from 'at-risk' countries, came into effect from Tuesday midnight amid rising concerns over the emergence of the COVID variant Omicron.
Speaking to reporters, he said he will get to know from the Union Minister the scientific developments on administering the booster dose and the Centre's take or recommendation in this connection.
First identified in South Africa this week, the strain has spread to nearby countries, including Botswana. Israel has identified a case of a Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations "in a person who returned from Malawi".
Delta AY.4.2 variant, the study said is less likely to show any symptoms amid concerns of increased transmissibility.
"Elimination was important because we didn't have vaccines. Now we do, so we can begin to change the way we do things.” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Dissent in Biden's own coalition may make it especially hard for him to implement new vaccination requirements. The divide complicates matters for Biden as he tries to get the delta variant under control.
The information was shared during a recent meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, which devises COVID-19 management policies for the capital.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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