Omicron: India detects its first cases

India today reported its first two cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19 infection in the southern state of Karnataka, the Indian Health Ministry said.

All secondary contacts of the two patients who have been detected with the Omicron variant have been traced and are being tested, it said, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

The first two cases were confirmed through lab tests, the ministry added.

Announcing the first two cases of Omicron in India, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal told the media that people need not panic and asked them to follow Covid-appropriate measures and avoid gatherings.

“The first two persons infected with Omicron variant are men aged 66 and 46 but their identities are not being divulged for now to protect their privacy,” he said.

The Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa, and since then has spread to 29 countries, the Indian health ministry official said.

India has already introduced strict health protocols for international travelers to check the spread of the new strain.