- The infected person was identified as a traveler who had returned from South Africa on Nov 22
- The traveler developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID on Monday
- Researchers at University of California, San Francisco obtained a sample from the patient on Tuesday
Omicron in India Latest News Updates: Two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, the Union government said on Thursday while asking people not to panic but follow Covid-appropriate behavior and get vaccinated without delay. About vaccine coverage, the official said that 84.3 percent of the adult population in India got the first dose while 49 percent got the second dose. Earlier, the US recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant on Wednesday- in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa- as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous than previous ones. The infected person in the US was identified as a traveler who had returned from South Africa on November 22, developed mild symptoms, and tested positive for COVID on Monday. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco obtained a sample from the patient on Tuesday evening and worked feverishly overnight to assemble the genetic sequence.