The First two cases of Omiron confirmed in India.

By Faith Barbara Namagembe and http://twitter.com/ARUHINDA Updated at 1520 EAT on 2 December 2021.

Health ministry official says the cases were confirmed in southern Karnataka state while contacts were being traced.

India has confirmed its first two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the health ministry said

India has become the latest country to report cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant as regulators in the United Kingdom have given the green light for the use of a monoclonal therapy, called sotrovimab, to treat those at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.

The news came as South Korea’s daily coronavirus case numbers rose to a new high with authorities halting quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers for two weeks in a bid to fend off the new variant.

Meanwhile in the United States, fears over the impact of the new coronavirus strain have risen after it reported its first case in a fully vaccinated person in California. The case returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive seven days later.

In South Africa, where scientists detected the omicron variant last week, new infections doubled in a day signaling a dramatic surge in the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said data on how contagious Omicron is should be available “within days”, while the Japanese central bank warned of economic pain as countries tighten containment measures.

Health ministry official says the cases were confirmed in southern Karnataka state while contacts were being traced.

Two men, a 66-year-old and a 46-year-old, had both tested positive for the variant in southern Karnataka state, top health official Luv Agarwal said in a briefing.

“All primary contacts and secondary contacts of both the cases have been traced and are being tested,” Agarwal said.

Meanwhile in the United States, fears over the impact of the new coronavirus strain have risen after it reported its first case in a fully vaccinated person in California. The case returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive seven days later.

In South Africa, where scientists detected the omicron variant last week, new infections doubled in a day signaling a dramatic surge in the virus.

S.Africa scientists expect milder reinfection, post-vaccination symptoms with Omicron

South African scientists studying the Omicron outbreak believe symptoms are less severe for those reinfected by the new variant or infected after vaccination, a top scientist said.

“So we believe, I think very much so, that the reinfections (of the)… disease will be less severe,” said Anne von Gottberg, microbiologist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

“And that’s what we’re trying to prove and to monitor very carefully in South Africa. And the same would hold for those that are vaccinated.”

US to unveil stricter travel restrictions

The US has announced a raft of new measures aimed at combating the spread of the coronavirus and the Omicron variant, including requiring all international travellers to test negative for COVID-19 within a day of their departure. The US had previously required vaccinated travellers to test negative within three days their departure.

India has confirmed its first two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the health ministry said.

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