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Omicron In India: Avoid Unnecessary Travel, Gatherings, Advises The Central Government

Omicron is spreading at a very fast pace in India, warned the Central Government

Omicron In India: Avoid Unnecessary Travel, Gatherings, Advises The Central Government
As the number of cases of Omicron variant surge in India, Dr VK Paul, Chief, Covid Task Force urged people to avoid non-essential travel, crowds and keep the upcoming festival and New Year celebration low-key
Highlights
  • 77 countries have reported Omicron CASES: WHO
  • India has reported 170 Omicron cases: Centre
  • Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa last month

New Delhi: The Omicron variant of coronavirus that was first detected in South Africa last month, has spread across the world quickly. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), almost 77 countries have reported the cases of the new variant. In India also, as per the latest data from the government, the cases of Omicron are rising and the country has reported over 170 cases so far. The Government of India has said that Omicron is spreading at a very fast pace in the country.

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While addressing a press conference recently, Dr VK Paul, Chief, Covid Task Force said,

If we look at the scale of spread in the UK and if there is a similar outbreak in India, then given our population, there will be 14 lakh cases every day. France is reporting 65,000 cases. If an outbreak of a similar scale as France takes place in India, then given our population it will mean 13 lakh cases every day.

He further explained that Europe is passing through a serious phase despite 80 per cent partial vaccinations and despite the fact that they also went through a Delta wave. He added,

Most cases of Omicron have a travel history, or have contacts with travel histories. But there have been some cases in which we have not been able to establish any such history. In that the process is on to identify travel or contact histories.

Dr Paul has recommended that in order to prevent the third wave, people must avoid unnecessary travel. He stressed on following Covid appropriate behaviour like wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowds and increasing ventilation in indoor spaces, during New Year festivities. He said,

It is time to avoid non-essential travel, time to avoid mass gatherings, and time to observe low-intensity festivities and low-intensity New Year celebrations.

According to the government, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases so far followed by Delhi. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a warning that 19 districts were at high risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases. The government has also urged states to encourage vaccination, step up surveillance measures and focus on sequencing positive samples in an effort to identify cases and potential hotspots.

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