India Announces First Two Cases Of Omicron Variant
New Delhi, Dec 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Dec, 2021 ) :India announced its first two cases of the highly infectious Omicron Covid variant on Thursday, months after a devastating wave of the virus killed more than 200,000 people around the country.
Top health ministry official Luv Agarwal said two men in southern Karnataka state, aged 66 and 46, had tested positive for the variant.
India has yet to impose new blanket international travel bans but on Monday the health ministry ordered all inbound travellers from "countries at-risk" to undergo mandatory post-arrival Covid testing, along with the random testing of other international arrivals.
Omicron, first discovered in southern Africa, represents a fresh challenge to global efforts to battle the pandemic with several nations already re-imposing restrictions many had hoped were a thing of the past.
That gathering, along with large state election rallies, was blamed by experts for fuelling the Delta surge.
But under-reporting is widespread and some studies have estimated India's true toll could be up to ten times higher.