Karnataka Health Minister DK Sudhakar said on Monday that the sample of one of the two South African nationals who came to Bangalore is different from the delta variant. The minister said that the 63-year-old foreign national's report shows that he has come in contact with some different types of coronavirus. Sudhakar himself is a medical professional and has spoken to his fellow doctors in South Africa to claim that the Omicron variant is not as dangerous as the Delta.
Sudhakar said, 'It is a matter of satisfaction that it is spreading rapidly but its infection is not serious. So there is nothing to be afraid of. However, we are in touch with the Union Health Ministry and ICMR. South Africa first reported this variant to the WHO on 24 November. It is considered a variant of concern. Its causes have been reported in about 15 countries. After this, many countries including India have tightened travel restrictions. States have also been advised to increase testing and tracking.
Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, has already said that mild disease is being seen in this variant. Symptoms include muscle aches and fatigue for one day or being sick for two days. However, it does not face the problem of losing the ability to smell or taste infected. The official says that the number of Omicron patients in the hospital is not much. Some patients have been admitted and all of them are young, whose age is 40 years or less.
Some of the infected are being treated at home. We will know about it in detail only after two to three weeks. South Africa previously reported fewer infections, but Omicron has seen a sharp increase in new cases during the two weeks since. Although relatively few cases of infection are still being reported in the country, health professionals are also surprised to see Omicron's speed in infecting youth.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the worldwide spread of the Omicron variant of Karena, saying that it poses a great risk of infection. In some areas, it can take a serious form. He has asked for a plan to intensify vaccination in high-risk groups and maintain essential health services with an anticipation of a high number of infections. However, WHO has said that so far no death has been reported from this disease. More research is needed on this variant with respect to pre-infection and dodging vaccine-induced defenses. This can have serious consequences for high-risk populations in countries with fewer vaccinations.
After Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi appealed to be careful about the new Omicron variant of Corona on Monday, the first day of the winter session of Parliament. He said that concern is being expressed about the new variant of Corona in the world. So we need to be careful. After the last season, even in the dire situation of Corona, the country has administered more than 100 crore corona vaccines. In this direction, we are moving faster.