The Union Health Ministry announced on Thursday that India has discovered two positive cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, both of which have been confirmed in Karnataka, the state that is home to India's technology capital, Bengaluru.
“Two cases of Omicron Variant reported in the country so far. Both cases from Karnataka. All their contacts have been identified and they are under monitoring. The protocol is being followed” said Lav Agarwal, the Joint Secretary at the Union Health Ministry.
The two persons who tested positive were identified as 66-year-old and 46-year-old based in Karnataka.
“We need not panic, but awareness is absolutely essential. COVID-apt behaviour is required,” said Balram Bhargava, Director General of ICMR in the same news briefing today.
The Omicron variant has caused a massive scare in various parts of the world including South Africa, US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, UK and several other countries.