Omicron Variant Latest News Today: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said two cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Karnataka. Giving further details, the Centre said that both the patients are men aged 66 years and 46 years with mild symptoms. However, the Ministry added that severe symptoms have not been noted in the patients.Also Read - Is NeoCov Coronavirus Dangerous for Humans? Read What WHO Has to Say

“We need not panic about Omicron detection but awareness is absolutely essential. Follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and avoid gatherings,” the health ministry said, adding that increased COVID-19 vaccine uptake was the need of the hour. Also Read - Will Covid-19 Pandemic Eventually Turn Into An Endemic Stage? Watch Video To Find Out

Giving further details, the Central government stated that 373 cases of Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in 30 nations including India so far and the country was monitoring the situation. Also Read - After Being Unconscious For 6 Months, Kerala Man In UAE Wakes Up To Make Miraculous Recovery From COVID

“It is too early to assess whether Omicron causes more severe infection or less compared to variants, including Delta,” the ministry said quoting the World Health Organisation which has designated the new variant as a ‘variant of concern’.

The Centre also added that the South East Asian region, including India, has only 3.1 per cent of the world’s COVID-19 cases in the last one week.

As per the list shared by the Union health ministry, the Omicron variant has now been detected in at least 375 cases in 30 countries. Full list here:

  1. India – 2 cases
  2. South Africa – 183 cases
  3. Botswana – 19 cases
  4. The Netherlands – 16 cases
  5. Hong Kong – 7 cases
  6. Israel – 2 cases
  7. Belgium – 2 cases
  8. United Kingdom – 32 cases
  9. Germany – 10 cases
  10. Australia – 8 cases
  11. Italy – 4 cases
  12. Czechia – 1 case
  13. Denmark – 6 cases
  14. Austria – 4 cases
  15. Canada – 7 cases
  16. Sweden – 4 cases
  17. Switzerland – 3 cases
  18. Spain – 2 cases
  19. Portugal – 13 cases
  20. Japan – 2 cases
  21. Reunion (France) – 1 case
  22. Ghana – 33 cases
  23. South Korea – 3 cases
  24. Nigeria – 3 cases
  25. Brazil – 2 cases
  26. Norway – 2 cases
  27. United States of America – 1 case
  28. Saudi Arabia – 1 case
  29. Ireland – 1 case
  30. United Arab Emirates – 1 case