Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George has informed that the people of Kerala must exercise caution as India reported the first two cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Karnataka. Addressing the media here on Thursday, the minister added that the state is put on high alert as the new variant is highly transmissible.
The state has already taken the preventive measures as directed by the central government. People coming from at-risk countries listed by the centre must undergo an RT-PCR test and 7-day quarantine.
They must undergo another test on the 8th day of the quarantine. If any of the people who returned from at-risk countries test positive, they will be shifted to the isolation ward.
Meanwhile, passengers from other countries which are not listed in at-risk countries will be allowed to observe home quarantine. But those who are in quarantine must follow the directions of health workers.
Health workers are deployed at all airports in the state. At present, no people are returned to the state from high-risk countries.
The minister urged the people to strictly obey the COVID protocol.
“Omicron is a highly transmissible virus variant. As per reports, vaccinated people do not suffer many complications due to the infection. Vaccination is the best prevention. Those who didn’t take the second dose of the vaccine must take the jab immediately.