India Announces First Two Cases of Omicron variant

The government of India on Thursday announced its first two cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant that were found from men in southern Karnataka state, aged 66 and 46.

“As per the protocols all their primary and secondary contacts have been traced and are being tested,” said top health ministry official, Luv Agarwal.

The country also ordered all inbound travelers from countries at-risk to undergo mandatory post-arrival COVID testing, along with the random testing of other international arrivals.

Mumbai also went into mandatory seven-day quarantines for all passengers arriving from at-risk countries.

Omicron was first reported on Nov. 24 in southern Africa, where infections have risen steeply. According to WHO, it has since spread to more than a dozen countries, many of which have imposed travel restrictions to try to seal themselves off.

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