Omicron alert! Sample of a person who came from South Africa to Karnataka separated from Delta, sent to ICMR for investigation
Bangalore, 29/11:Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday that amidst concerns around the world over the novel coronavirus new variant ‘Omicron’, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday that two people who had come to Bangalore recently from South Africa. The sample of one of the people is ‘different from the delta form.’ The minister said that he cannot say anything officially as he is currently in touch with officials of the Union Health Ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Sudhakar told reporters here, “For the last nine months only delta type cases have come up, but you are saying that one of the samples is of Omicron type. I can’t say about it officially. I am in touch with ICMR and central government officials.” He said that the sample has been sent to ICMR.
A person is infected with a different variant of corona
Refusing to divulge the identity of the person, the minister said that his Covid report shows that he has been infected with a different form of coronavirus. The minister said, “There is a 63-year-old man whose name I should not mention. His report is a bit different. It looks different from the delta form. We will discuss with ICMR officials and tell what it is.”
The minister said that he will preside over a meeting on Tuesday with the doctors of his department from the principal secretary to the primary health center level regarding the steps to be taken. He said that the members of the Technical Advisory Committee on Kovid-19 have also been invited for the meeting. Sudhakar also said that he has sought a detailed report on the Omicron form.
A close watch on all the people who came from South Africa
He said, “We will get a clear idea on December 1 about how Omicron behaves after genomic sequencing. Accordingly, we will start all the measures.” The minister said, “We are keeping a close watch on all the people who have come from South Africa in the last 14 days. We have started tracing and tracing their primary and secondary contacts from Saturday.”
Omicron is not as dangerous as Delta
Sudhakar is also a doctor. Regarding the Omicron variant, Sudhakar said that he has also spoken to his classmate doctors working in South Africa, who told him that the new variant is not as dangerous as the delta variant. Dr. Sudhakar said that people have problems of restlessness and vomiting and sometimes the pulse rate increases, but the experience of taste and smell remains. The hospitalization rate is low as its severity is not severe.