2 Omicron cases confirmed in State, no cause for panic: Dr Sudhakar

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Bengaluru, Dec 2: Two Omicron cases have been confirmed in the samples sent for analysis from the State to the Centre for genome sequencing and both the cases are not serious and there is no cause for panic, said State Health and Family Welfare as well as Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, the minister said virus has been found test sample of a passenger who arrived from South Africa on November 20. The visitor had stayed in a hotel and his test report was positive with any symptoms.

The visitor had got himself tested in a private laboratory on November 23 and got a negative report, the minister said.

Dr Sudhakar pointed out that the visitor’s 24 primary and 240 secondary contacts were identified and tested. None of the primary or secondary contacts got positive reports on testing, he said.

The minister said the virus has been detected in the test report of a 46-year-old doctor. His test report was positive and he immediately got himself self-isolated. When his primary and secondary contacts were tested, 5 persons have got positive reports and all of them have been admitted in government hospital and kept under strict observation. There is no problem so far.

Dr Sudhakar advised the people not to panic but strictly follow the Covid safety norms. As soon as the Chief Minister returns from Delhi, a high level meeting will be convened and suitable decisions will be taken for Covid control, he said and appealed to people not to spread rumours.

9.5 lakh vax doses administered on Wednesday

The minister said Karnataka has managed to administer 9.5 lakh doses of vaccines on Wednesday during a special Covid vaccination drive

The vaccination coverage for second dose in the State has increased to 62%. The percentage of those who have received the first dose has reached 92%. The proportion of those taking both doses increased to 62%.

A total of 7.50 crore doses have been administered so far in Karnataka, he said.

In comparison to higher populous states, Karnataka ranks 2nd or 3rd in vaccination, Dr Sudhakar said and pointed out that this achievement is possible by the committed efforts of health department officials and staff.

Since assuming the office, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has been putting a lot of emphasis on vaccine drive, the Minister said.

At times, when even in developed countries, people are hesitant to take the vaccine, Karnataka is seeing large numbers of vaccines administered to its citizens.

Both doses must be taken to gain greater immunity, 2 doses should be taken for complete immunity and to fight the virus, the minister said.

Abbot, RTPCR tests done at Airports

Preparations are made at airports for Covid testing and are monitored. Passengers from overseas have been notified of checking and inspection. Preparations are being made to give test results within 3 to 4 hours, Minister informed the media.Two types of tests are being conducted at airports - the Abbott and RTPCR. The Central government has fixed Rs 3,000 for the Abbott test. Results can be obtained in just half an hour to 1 hour from Abbott.

False news is being circulated on social media that Abbott test isn’t accurate. Abbott testing is also as much accurate as RTPCR, Dr Sudhakar said.

Rs. 500 is fixed for RTPCR testing at airport. Result is obtained in 3 to 4 hours.

The government's intention is not to allow spread of the virus.

Many working class people are demanding to allow them to go home before testing and asking to be tracked later. The Government has gained experience in the last two years, Minister said.

He appealed to all international travelers to cooperate with the existing measures.

The BBMP commissioner has requested that for framing rules to allow those who have taken two doses of vaccine in shopping malls. This will be discussed with the Chief Minister after he returns from Delhi visit, he said.

No closure of Cinema, Hotels, Malls: Dr Ashwath

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, who himself is a medical doctor, confirmed that the Omicron Covid variant has resulted in creating concern but there is no proposal for ordering closures of Cinema theatres, Hotels and Malls.

However, the minister said the government would shortly take a decision on making only the fully vaccinated persons to be allowed to visit Cinema theatres, Hotels and Malls.

Dr Ashwath Narayan clarified that there is no threat to life from the Omicron virus. But in the interest of safety and precautions, it is necessary that those who visiting public places must get themselves vaccinated and the State Government will take a decision on the issue soon.

All the persons visiting cinema theatres, hotels, malls and other public places must mandatorily wear masks, the minister said and pointed out that the government will take further decisions based on the situation in the 11 countries which have reported Omicron cases.

RTPCR testing has been made mandatory for those arriving from Maharashtra and only those with negative reports will be allowed to enter the State. Saving lives and livelihood is a matter of primary concern for the government, he said.

Dr Narayan said the State Legislature Secretariat has urged the State Government to cancel the Belagavi Legislature session scheduled to commence from December 13 and the State Government will take a decision after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai returns from Delhi.





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  • Rufolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    SII has a huge stock of this vaccine and has no more cold storage facilities to store it as per their recent public delays; so, it's evident that they will try to dispose it off by hook or by crook.

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  • Dan M, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Vaccine business is almost over now this omicron fear propaganda to market boosters and complete unused vaccination. If, These boosters only more deadlier than omicron it is not surprising

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    IMHO, since the virus is a highly tranmisible air borne one, it will go on mutating till it's natural end carried out by the host defence; and in a global village, it would not be controllable by developing experimental vaccines and drugs for each mutant coming up at regular intervals!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    RTPCR test reports vary greatly from lab to lab and not dependable; also with the rampant corruption in the country it becomes all the more unreliable!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    If the virus originated in Africa; now how has it spread to 23 countries when all passengers traveling by flight are doubly checked at both ends; which means the virus mutates independently devoid of the original place it was found and doesn't require forced transmission as per simple logic! We will be overwhelmed by another wave in 3-6 months time for sure!

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    I would agree with you that virus mutates independantly at different countries and it is not necessary for it to come from Africa.

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  • TK, dubai

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Does the govt honestly think that those who might have got this Omicron virus will get themselves tested and then self isolate for about 10 days? Only about 2% of the Indians will follow this protocol and the remaining will go about their daily business and work as if nothing has happened...lol

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Omicron is limited to upper respiratory tract which means it doesn't affect lungs and not serious to require any lockdowns and authoritarian enforcement of any mandates. Vaccines were created based on 2019 corona virus which never prevents infections or protects them from serious ailments. They carry same viral load as unvaccinated then how come a pass would ensure safety? Only Natural Immunity works against all viruses and their variants for lifetime. Make antibody serum test mandatory for those who are willing to enter malls otherwise a breakthrough cases among vaccinated will be imminent. Finally a seasonal cold and flu virus doesn't need any unproven vaccines or any panic creation to help pharma mafia.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Get Well Soon ...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Covid pandemic has mauled US the most... US lost maximum lives to the virus among all countries of the planet... now wait and watch whether Omicron mauls US or US tames Omicron... already 2 cases found in the US...

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Talk about your country dear. In Mangalore itself too many deaths occured.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    What do you mean by "your country".... if US suffered so badly, how to expect other countries to fare better? Btw is India not your country....

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Yes k b r ji... true....matter of concern...

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  • sandeep, Bangalore

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Omicron Variant is very mild , Pharma company and media is making hype on this subject. no need panic fallow the guidelines wear mask ,continue social distancing and get vaccinated. Any virus after mutating milder and milder and finally diminishes.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    People, Due to Omicron ....International Crude Oil prices came down from USD 85 per Barrel to USD 65 per Barrel in last 3 days !!! .... Come on People ask Modi to reduce Petrol and Diesel prices by 25 % immediately... ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.......Modi and his freinds know only to increase the price,,,,,!!!! If the crude price comes to 50%,they may reduce the price by 10%. Otherwise he has to lose miserably in U.P Elections

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    no need to close malls, cinemas, hotels... however, kindly close borders with KL... BBC called it covid mystery state of India... no one has true picture of the pandemic there and add to that that latest in the long list virus in that state noravirus... corona + nora that might spawn new virus or pandemic "coronora"...

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  • Santhosh Vincent Agera, Vamanjoor, Mangalore, Karnataka

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    What a stupid statement by concern person that confusing. The vaccination coverage for second dose in the State has increased to 62%. The percentage of those who have received the first dose has reached 92%. The proportion of those taking both doses increased to 62%. If you reached 92% what else remaining 8% better declare 100% to satisfy yourself, 8% you bothered to put restriction to enter cinema halls, hotels, malls, strange to believe nobody having guts to think about closing hotels, malls, and cinemas because HAFTHA mafia dominated. Two Omicron cases detected one who travelled from Africa, they travelled by flight, is it sanitized, is it airport sanitized, co-travelers are they isolated, tested, do you analyzed is it virus multiplied, how dangerous this virous, if not first instruct news media to calm down and focus on their breaking news. Believe me false news is dangerous than this virus. If you so concern why you only bothered to International travelers, most of inward passengers vaccinated, what you think in our great state Karnataka election campaign will not effect by this virus due to your power, large crowd gathering, celebrating rituals, festivals will not effect due to their immunity apart from vaccination. Common guys stop this hanky fanky dirty game now public well aware one day will come public bounce back. Strange to believe you are awaiting to Bommai to take decision once he return from Delhi, i hope present digital India not capable to have conversation with him such a serious issue.

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  • Kumar, Manjeshwara

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    So now close the borders.... Or lockdown maybe... To loot people...

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    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    .... to murder farmers, to make jobless in crores, to rob and loot every citizen through tax petrol and diesel and gas cylinder even the crude price at its lowest in the world.

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  • Girishk, UDUPI

    Fri, Dec 03 2021

    Imagine you have a shop and you sell tomatoes there. You bought 10 kg today @ 20 and have sold half of it at 25. Now tomorrow if the market rate of wholesale tomato reaches 10, will you sell the yesterday's bough remaining 5 kgs at 15??

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