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Infected man returns to Gujarat from Zimbabwe, making it India’s third case of the disease

In Gujarat’s Jamnagar, a man who returned from Zimbabwe was confirmed to be infected with the Omicron strain of coronavirus, according to the state health department. This is India’s third Omicron lawsuit.

According to the state health department, the sample of the Jamnagar resident, a 72-year-old male, was sent for genome sequencing after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, and Gujarat health commissioner Jai Prakash Shivhare confirmed that the guy was infected with Omicron.

Gujarat officials are tracing and testing persons in the micro-containment zone where the Omicron-infected man is staying.

“We’ve separated him and are keeping an eye on him. His dwelling quarters have been turned into a mini confinement zone. We will do tracing and testing of people in the area “Gujarat’s Health and Family Welfare Department’s Additional Chief Secretary, Manoj Aggarwal, informed news agency ANI.

A 46-year-old fully vaccinated doctor from Bengaluru who had no travel history and had symptoms of fever and body discomfort, and a 66-year-old South African national who arrived in India with a negative COVID-19 report are the other two cases in India.

Since the Omicron form was discovered in South Africa, the country has increased testing and surveillance of all arriving international travellers, particularly those from at-risk countries.

According to the World Health Organization, determining if Omicron is more transmissible and causes more serious infections, as well as how effective current therapies and vaccinations are against it, might take weeks.

However, the new variation has already put doubt on the world’s recovery. The variation has already been found in more than two dozen countries, including India.

The Health Ministry said on Friday that thanks to immunizations and high prior exposure to the Delta version, which infected over 70% of the population by July, the Omicron variation is expected to cause less severe disease.

Almost half of India’s 944 million adults have received all of their vaccines. In the face of Omicron, the government is pushing for more individuals to get immunised, with as many as 84 percent having taken at least one shot. More than 125 million people are now eligible.

“Given the fast pace of vaccination in India and high exposure to Delta variant, the severity of the disease is anticipated to be low. However, scientific evidence is still evolving,” the Health Ministry said.

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