Two Omicron cases in Karnataka; Chief Minister Bommai says, new rules would be issued

BENGALURU: In Karnataka, two cases of the new Covid-19 variation Omicron were discovered, making them the first cases of the new strain in India. The patients are two men, ages 66 and 46, according to the Ministry of Health. After the cases were discovered in his state, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai remarked that the protocol would be changed and new rules would be issued.

Bommai stated that they are prepared to face the Omicron threat and that they will engage specialists in this regard. When asked about the potential harm that the newest variation poses to civilians, the CM stated that the authorities have spoken with experts who believe that the Omicron variant does not cause any significant illness or necessitate hospitalisation, but it does spread quickly and must be contained.

Meanwhile, the government of Karnataka is seeking booster doses for frontline health workers as fears of a third wave grow. Bommai said he would meet with Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday in Delhi to discuss administering booster shots to healthcare and frontline workers in the state.

In the aftermath of the Omicron threat, the Centre decided on Wednesday to postpone the start of scheduled international flights untill December 15, citing a “changing global environment.” A new date will be announced by the administration later. The latest directive, which was announced by aviation regulator DGCA, will not affect curreent flights because it is only for the whole resumption that has been postponed.

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