Omicron Variant Latest News Today: Soon after two cases of Omicron variant were detected in the country, the Central government urged all not to panic over the matter and asked the general public to avoid gatherings. Saying that awareness is absolutely essential at the moment, the Health Ministry said all primary and secondary contacts of both Omicron cases detected in Karnataka have been traced and are being tested.Also Read - Omicron Infection May Protect You Against Delta, And Other Variant of Concerns: ICMR

The Union Heath Ministry also asked the states to increase COVID-19 vaccine drive and urged all not to delay in getting fully vaccinated. Also Read - Infected With Omicron? List of Foods Covid Patients Must Eat While Recovering

Addressing a press conference, the Health Ministry said 2 Omicron cases have been detected in India and both the cases are from Karnataka. Also Read - What's The Usual Recovery Period From Omicron? Here's What Centre Said

“All Omicron-related cases are found to have mild symptoms so far. In all such cases in the country and across the world so far, no severe symptom has been noted. The WHO has said that its emerging evidence is being studied,” Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said.

ICMR DG Balram Bhargava said that the two cases of Omircron detected in Karnataka so far through genome sequencing effort of INSACOG consortium of 37 laboratories established by the Ministry of Health.

Key developments so far:

  • As per the updates, the cases were found in two foreign national who had arrived in Bangaluru on November 11 and 20.
  • The health ministry said the samples of 10 passengers have been sent for genome sequencing.  Over 7976 passengers have gone through RT-PCR tests from midnight December 1 till 8 AM today.
  • The Centre also stated that no severe case has been reported so far anywhere around the world.
  • The government added that over 373 cases of Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in 29 nations so far and India is monitoring the situation.