Two cases of Omicron variant detected in Karnataka

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Two cases of Omicron variant have been detected in the country, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Both cases have been detected in Karnataka, according to Joint Secretary of the Union Home Ministry Lav Agarwal. The cases reported were of two males aged 66 and 46.No serious symptoms have been observed in any Omicron variant case around the world the Ministry of Health said.

However, Officials at Union Health Ministry, could not verify the news reports updates. Officials at Press Information Bureau (PIB) confirmed that the top government officials are having a closed-door meeting on the current situation.

A special ward has been set up at Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, Bengaluru for monitoring Omicron suspected patients. Five suspected cases of Omicron are being admitted to the hospital and their genome sequencing results are being awaited.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai met with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to seek advice and consent from the central government on the possibility of giving booster doses to state frontline workers.

Dr Madhuvaran, a virologist said that, Omicron is more dangerous than Delta variant. People who are not vaccinated are at a greater risk than those who are vaccinated because all the Covid vaccines provide some protection against Omicron.