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Gautam Budh Nagar has been placed on high alert following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variation known as ‘Omicron.’

The health department in Gautam Budh Nagar is on high alert after a new coronavirus variety called Omicron was discovered in numerous international nations, officials said on Sunday. People returning to Noida and Greater Noida from overseas are being monitored by the health department, who are being tested for Covid-19.

In the district, there are currently 16 active cases, with three new cases and one discharge reported in the last 24 hours, as of Saturday evening. Since the outbreak in March 2020, there have been 467 recorded deaths and 62,930 persons cured in Gautam Budh Nagar.

The Omicron form, which has a high infection incidence, is a source of concern, according to Dr Sunil Sharma, chief medical officer (CMO), Gautam Budh Nagar. “On Saturday, we held two video conference meetings from the Lucknow health department headquarters. A meeting was also organised by the district administration to discuss the readiness to deal with this new variety. Doctors and medical personnel have been made aware of the situation and placed on high alert. “By Monday, we expect a clear guidance from Lucknow,” Sharma added.

‘No cases of new variant in district/state yet, but a matter of concern’

Given the amount of roughly 30 mutations, the Omicron variation, initially identified in South Africa on November 24 (on Wednesday), and afterwards detected in Europe and Asia, is causing anxiety among the public. “No Covid-19 cases of this variety have been documented in Gautam Budh Nagar or Uttar Pradesh so far,” according to the district health department.

Several Noida residents, according to Sharma, have recently returned from overseas holidays. “A few international nationals have recently visited Noida.” It’s possible that the new variation will spread through these people… Such people will be placed under observation by the health department, and Covid tests will be performed on them if they exhibit symptoms of the disease. “If a person tests positive for Covid, the patient’s Omicron version will be tested as well,” he noted.

The new Covid-19 variety, according to Alok Singh, a resident of Greater Noida’s Sector Alpha 1, is having a psychological and emotional influence on people. “In most localities, normalcy was returning, and companies were practically resumed. However, these new versions have begun to instil apprehension in the public… such as what would happen if limitations were enforced again,” Singh explained.

To prevent the virus from spreading, people should keep social distance, wash their hands at regular intervals, and limit their mobility, according to Dr. NK Sharma, past president of the India Medical Association (IMA), Noida branch. “People should avoid going to marketplaces or public places unless absolutely necessary.” Only by making appropriate lifestyle modifications will we be able to overcome this challenge,” he stated.

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