Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar stated today that a traveller returning from South Africa tested positive for a Covid strain “different from Delta,” adding that the state government is actively monitoring the new “Omicron” strain that has sparked panic across the country.
He added the test samples had been sent for genetic sequencing for additional investigation.
This comes after two South African nationals who arrived in the city earlier this month tested positive for Covid. The Delta strain has been found infectious in one of them.
Dr. Sudhakar has convened a conference with health officials, while Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has urged the central government to prevent passengers from South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong from entering the nation.
The minister stated that he was in contact with officials from the Indian Council for Medical Research and the Union Health Ministry (ICMR).
“Only for the last nine months is there a delta variant, but you claim that one of the samples is Omicron. Officially, I’m not allowed to say anything about it. I’m in communication with officials from the ICMR and the federal government “According to a report by the news agency PTI, Dr Sudhakar stated.
He also stated that he has requested a comprehensive study on the Omicron strain. “On December 1, we will know exactly how the Omicron reacts after the genome sequencing. As a result, we will take all necessary steps “he stated
The minister, who is also a physician, stated that he had informed his former students in South Africa about the new variation.
“After speaking with my classmates in South Africa, I discovered that while this (Omicron form) spreads quickly, it is not as hazardous as Delta. People experience nausea and vomiting, and their pulse rate may increase, but there is no loss of taste or smell. Because the severity is not severe, there is less hospitalisation “he stated
In response to a question about the prospect of a lockdown, Dr Sudhakar stated that no such proposal had yet been presented to the government.
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