Omicron: Kerala reports one out of every 10 cases in country; genome survey to be held

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Thiruvananthapuram: It is learnt that one out of every ten Omicron cases reported in India are from Kerala. Only New Delhi and Maharashtra have recorded more cases than Kerala.

The first Omicron case was reported on December 12 in the state. Within two weeks, the number of cases increased to 57. Among them, three patients in Thiruvananthapuram were infected through contact.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the district collectors of Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam to conduct genome survey of the Omicron variant. The collectors informed that the measures to tackle the possible third wave of COVID are in progress.

A team of experts from the health ministry has reached Thiruvananthapuram. Dr Shubha Garg, Dr Pallavi and Dr AP Sugunan, scientist at National Institute of Virology, are part of the team.

The team met the officials of the state’s health department and inquired about the measures taken to control Omicron and the cause of the lag in the rate of vaccination.

The experts will visit Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha on Tuesday. Before departing on December 30, they will also visit Palakkad and Thrissur to meet health officials.

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