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Amid Omircon Fears, Union Health Secretary To Hold Review Meeting With States

Mumbai: Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan is scheduled to hold a review meeting with states on Tuesday on the recently identified Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The meeting comes amid growing concerns over the spread of the potentially more contagious coronavirus “omicron” in several countries.

A senior official said that no case of the new omicron variant of coronavirus has been reported in India so far and the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia INSACOG is closely monitoring the situation and conducting genomic analysis of positive samples of international travellers.

B. The COVID variant or Omicron, which was first detected in South Africa last week, was designated as a ‘type of concern’ by the World Health Organisation, the health body top for concern over the coronavirus variant of category.

The Center on Sunday issued strict guidelines for people travelling to or from ‘at-risk countries and issued a slew of instructions to states to step up test-surveillance measures and health facilities.

It also decided to review the resumption of international flights.

The countries designated as ‘at-risk (updated as of November 26, 2021) include European countries, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

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