First Case of Omicron in India


India has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Karnataka.

  • The announcement was made following confirmation from the Indian SARSCoV­2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) that monitors the genomic variations of the pandemic.
  • One is a 66-year-old South African national and the second, a 46-year-old Indian doctor from Bengaluru.
  • So far the Omicron variant has been confirmed by the WHO in at least 23 countries, with the bulk of them in South Africa.
  • The Director of South Africa’s Communicable Disease Institute has said that this variant is the most likely candidate to displace the highly contagious Delta Variant.

5 contacts test positive

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar said that out of 13 primary contacts and 205 secondary contacts 5 have tested positive and their samples have been sent for sequencing.

Omicron has been designated a Variant of Concern (VoC) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Omicron is confirmed to be highly infectious but it is unknown if it makes COVID-19 more severe.
  • The most striking aspect of the variant is, the large number of mutations on its spike protein, several of which have been linked to helping the virus evade antibodies, thus probably, making it more infectious

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