- Rahul Gandhi's remark comes amid rising global concerns over the new strain of the deadly virus
- “New variant is a serious threat: Rahul Gandhi tweeted using the hashtag Omicron
- Congress leader also questions the government’s vaccination coverage numbers
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed concern over the new coronavirus variant and asked the government to provide vaccine security to the people of the country.
His remarks come amid rising global concerns over the new strain of the deadly virus that the World Health Organization has named ‘Omicron’ and classified as a variant of concern.
“New variant is a serious threat. High time GOI (government of India) gets serious about providing vaccine security to our countrymen,” Gandhi tweeted using the hashtag Omicron.
He also questioned the government’s vaccination coverage numbers saying, “Bad vaccination figures can’t be hidden for long behind one man’s photo.” The country’s Covid vaccination certificates contain a photo of the prime minister.
During the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed about the new variant of the coronavirus along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries, the PMO said.
The PM asked officials to review the plans to ease international travel restrictions in light of the “emerging new evidence”.