New Delhi / Mumbai:
India’s Omigron Govt number rose to 126 on Saturday after six and four cases were reported in Karnataka and Kerala respectively, while three more persons in Maharashtra tested positive for the variance.
According to central and state officials, Omigran cases have been detected in 11 states and union territories – Maharashtra (43), Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17) and Karnataka (14), Telangana (8) and Gujarat (7). Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (1).
Of the six new cases in Karnataka, one is from the UK and five are from the Govt-19 cluster at two educational institutions in the Dakshina Kannada district, officials said, adding that their travel history or links with international travelers are being traced. .
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said, “Two cluster eruptions have been reported in two educational institutions in South Kannada today: cluster 1:14 cases (4 of them Omigron). Cluster 2:19 cases (1 Omigron). A traveler from the UK also tested positive. For Omigron” Said in a tweet.
In Kerala, two cases of the new corona virus were detected in patients aged 17 and 44 from Thiruvananthapuram. One case was found in Malappuram for a 37-year-old man and another for a 49-year-old patient from Thrissur district.
The 17-year-old patient from Thiruvananthapuram arrived in the state on a chartered flight from the UK and the 44-year-old from Tunisia. The patient in Malappuram is from Tanzania and a native of Thrissur, Kenya, “Health Minister Veena George said in a statement.
Authorities say a couple and their 13-year-old daughter tested positive for the omega-3 variant of the corona virus after returning to Satara in western Maharashtra from Uganda.
Their other five-year-old daughter tested positive for Covid-19, but not for the variant.
The four returned to Falton in the Satara district of Africa on December 9, state health officials said.
“Husband (35), wife (33) and their eldest daughter (13) tested positive for Covit-19, while the youngest child’s report was endless, so samples of four were sent to the National Institute of Virology for genetics. Sorting,” said civil surgeon Dr. Subhash. Sawan said.
The Center warns that the prevalence of the new variant will be higher than the delta variation in social distribution.
People are advised to avoid unnecessary trips and mass gatherings and to keep the New Year celebrations to a minimum.
Although the country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka on December 2, this highly modified version of the corona virus was first reported on November 24 in South Africa.
A total of 86 new Covid-19 cases were reported in a single day in the national capital on Saturday, a maximum of more than five months.
As on July 8, 93 cases of corona virus were reported in Delhi.
As the total number of patients affected by the latest variant of the corona virus rose from 12 to 22 on Friday, an increase in cases is being recorded in Delhi amid fears of Omigron.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday assured the people that his government was ready to tackle the Govt’s Omigran variant and that the people should not panic.
Other states said they were preparing to deal with a possible increase in Omigron cases.
State Public Health Director Niranjan Misra said Odisha had arranged for a sufficient number of hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines to deal with any emergency. “No one can rule out the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19 with increasing Omigron cases. We are well prepared to deal with the situation,” the official said.
Odisha has not yet reported any cases of the new corona virus variant, but epidemics such as neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have been reported.
The World Health Organization on Saturday called for an urgent increase in public health and social activities to reduce the further spread of the Omicron variant.
Poonam Ketrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for the Southeast Asia Region, said countries can and should prevent the spread of Omicron through proven hygiene and social measures.
“Our focus should be on protecting the less protected and the most vulnerable,” he said in a statement.
The overall threat posed by Omigran largely depends on three main questions —– its spread; How well vaccines and previous SARS-CoV-2 infections protect against it, and how virulent this variant is compared to other types.
“From what we know so far, the Omicron delta variant seems to be spreading faster, which has led to an increase in cases worldwide over the past several months,” Singh said.
Reports from South Africa suggest that there is a higher risk of re-infection with Omigran, and that there is still limited data on the clinical severity associated with Omigran, he said.
He added that more information is needed to fully understand the medical picture of Omicron sufferers.
He stressed that health care capacity should be reviewed and strengthened at all levels, including ICU beds, oxygen availability, adequate health care and resilience.
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