Karnataka Chief Minister to hold high-level meeting after two persons test Omicron positive

With two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus detected in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday said he will discuss the matter in a high-level meeting in Bengaluru on Friday and take the next course of action.

“We are holding a meeting on Friday with all details and will come out with new SoPs (standard operating procedure). We are also trying to get expert views and guidelines of the Centre,” he said.

Bommai said though there is confirmation about the two cases of Omicron variant in Karnataka, the NCBS lab report has not come officially to the state government.

“We do not have much details, except for samples and the age of the two persons who tested positive for the new variant. However, we are very alarmed and cautious,” he maintained.

The chief minister said he has already discussed the matter with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya who has assured to share complete details of these new cases with the state government.
He said he has also asked the state health minister and chief secretary to gather more information.

Stating that the Karnataka government is already monitoring and tracking international travellers, Bommai said, “Our duty is to see that not only these two persons, but track and trace such strains wherever they are found and their contacts.”