December 1, 2022

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Govt Omigron Variation: Center advises States and Union Territories to expedite trial for early detection of cases

Omigron variantThe spread of Omigron, a dangerous variant of the corona virus in many countries, has raised concerns in India as well. Amid growing concerns, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today held a review meeting with states and union territories. States were instructed to increase the early detection and investigation of Omigron cases. Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the new variant could not be detected by RT-PCR and RAT testing. States and Union Territories have been asked to ensure adequate infrastructure and monitoring of home isolation.

According to government officials, no case of the new Omigron variant of the corona virus has been reported in India so far. In view of the potential threat, the Ministry has asked all States and Union Territories to focus on intensive control, active surveillance, increased testing, surveillance of highly affected areas, increased vaccination and enhancement of health infrastructure.

Bhushan, in a letter to the states and union territories on November 28, called for strict monitoring of international travelers, ensuring that samples for genetic sorting are sent quickly, and for effective management of these VOCs through strict Govt appropriate procedures.

India is closely monitoring
The Covit P1.1.1.529 variant or omigron was first detected last week in South Africa. It has been declared a ‘form of anxiety’ by the World Health Organization. No Omigran damage has been reported in India so far, a senior official said. Nevertheless, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortium INSACOG (Indian Association for SARS-CoV-2 Genetics) is closely monitoring the situation and expediting the genetic analysis of positive samples from international travelers.

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The center on Sunday issued strict guidelines for those traveling to or from ‘at risk’ countries and issued several instructions to states to increase testing-monitoring activities and health facilities. It was also decided to reconsider the resumption of international flights.

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