Two cases of Omicron variant of covid virus reported in Karnataka

Two cases of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, were detected in Karnataka, making them the first infections from the new strain in India. The Health Ministry said the patients are two men aged 66 years and 46 years.

“No severe symptoms of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 reported so far,” Joint Secretary of the Union Home Ministry Lav Agarwal Agarwal said during a media briefing.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai said that the state is prepared to combat the threat posed by Covid Variant Omicron.

The potentially more contagious Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24, and has been designated as a “Variant of Concern”.