First omicron cases detected in India

Source: The Hill | December 2, 2021 | Rachel Scully

India on Thursday confirmed its first cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant in two men who returned from international travel. 

The men, 66 and 46, tested positive for the variant in the southern Indian state of Karnataka and are under observation, according to The Associated Press. It is not known which country they traveled to or whether or not they were vaccinated. 

All contacts of the men have reportedly been traced and tested for the virus. 

Balram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country’s top medical research organization, urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 


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