HIGHLIGHTS:

  • ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava emphasized the need to increase the vaccination against COVID-19
  • Two individuals in Karnataka have been affected by the new ‘variant of concern’, Omicron
  • The Centre has made negative RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers arriving from countries identified as ‘at-risk’

Today, the ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava emphasized the need to increase the vaccination against COVID-19. In the press conference, he urged the need to get vaccinated with both doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The press conference comes amid the news of two Omicron variant cases identified in India. Reportedly, two individuals in Karnataka have been affected by the new ‘variant of concern’, Omicron. The news has been confirmed by Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry. Talking to the media, Agarwal mentioned that all primary contacts and secondary contacts of both the cases have been traced and are being tested.

The variant, Omicron which was first detected in South Africa, has spread over to 29 countries. In the press conference, Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul spoke about the reopening of international flights, where he informed that the decision will be taken only after the situation is monitored carefully.

Meanwhile, to control the situation, the Centre has already implemented strict measures for international travellers. According to the new protocols, the Centre has made a negative RT-PCR test mandatory for travellers arriving from countries identified as ‘at-risk’. All the states have already been instructed to increase the testing.

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