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Omicron updates: India's fourth case of new variant detected in Maharashtra

India reported two more cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 today, taking the total caseload to four in the country. Preliminary evidence suggests higher transmissibility and potential immune escape that could lead to a surge in cases.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 04, 2021 23:56 IST
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Travellers arriving via Banglore-Chennai Lalbagh Express get tested for COVID-19, in wake of the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron, at Central Railway Station, in Chennai

Omicron in India Latest News Updates: India reported two more cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus on Saturday - one in Gujarat and one in Maharashtra. Studies are underway to evaluate Omicron's transmissibility, severity, reinfection risk, immune escape potential, clinical presentation, response to other available countermeasures, etc. Preliminary evidence suggests higher transmissibility and potential immune escape that could lead to a surge in cases. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region, said as part of enhanced surveillance, countries need to ensure they have early warning systems in place composed of multiple indicators such as rapid increase in cases and test positivity rates. 

 

 

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