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What has the Ministry of Health said about the symptoms of 2 cases of Omicron reported in India so far? Read here

New Delhi: As India reports two cases of the new variant of COVID-19 Omicron, the Center informed on Thursday that no serious symptoms of the new variant had been reported so far.

Speaking to a press briefing with the Union’s Health Ministry deputy secretary, Lav Agarwal said the World Health Organization (WHO) was studying the emerging evidence for Omicron.

“So far, all cases related to Omicron show mild symptoms… In all such cases in the country and around the world so far, no serious symptoms have been noted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said its emerging evidence is under review, ”said the co-secretary.

“No serious symptoms of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been reported so far,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lav Agarwal also said passengers arriving from “at risk” countries must undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival.

“If they are found positive for COVID, they will be treated according to a clinical management protocol. If the test is negative, they will follow up, quarantined at home for seven days, ”he added.

India has reported two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Karnataka. All primary and secondary contacts of the two infected people from Karnataka have been identified and they are being monitored and COVID protocols are being followed.

The new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa on November 25. According to the WHO, the first known confirmed infection with B.1.1.529 came from a sample taken on November 9 of this year.

On November 26, WHO named the new variant of COVID-19 B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, “Omicron”. WHO has classified Omicron as a “variant of concern”.

Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on countries in southern Africa since the discovery of the mutation.

The new variant of the Omicron coronavirus has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to increase, said World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

India has also added several countries to the list from which travelers should follow additional measures upon arrival in the country, including post-arrival infection testing.