Omicron already present in community, Karnataka in battle mode

Bengaluru, Dec 4 (IANS): The Karnataka government is worried over the findings of the health department which show that the Omicron variant is already present in the community. The government is taking steps on war footing to deal with any eventuality, according to sources in the health department.

Former Minister, senior Congress leader H.K. Patil has said that there are more than 16 cases of Omicron in the state as per his sources. He blamed the government for not taking swift action. He also urged the government to ramp up facilities for immediate test results. It is taking about 10 to 12 days now for the report of Omicron.

However, the data collected on the history of the doctor who tested positive for the Omicron variant showed that he had contracted the virus locally.

Earlier, it was suspected that the doctor contracted the virus at an International Medical Conference organised at a five star hotel between November 19 and 21. Three doctors who attended it tested Covid positive and one of them is found to have been infected with the Omicron variant.

The doctor attended the conference for a few hours on November 20. He started showing symptoms on November 21. Hence, health department officials are now thinking that the doctor might have contracted the Omicron virus much before the conference. Since he didn't have travel history it shows that the virus is very much present in the community, sources said.

The conference was physically attended by 60 healthcare workers. As many as 163 operation theatre staff, their co-workers and patients have been tested for Covid as some of them attended the conference. All have tested negative. They have no symptoms and they will be retested. At least 81 hotel staffers have also tested negative, sources explain.

However, H.K. Patil charged that the state government has not taken initiative to track contacts in connection with the International Medical conference held in Bengaluru.

Minister for Revenue R. Ashok stated that as per available statistics there are 400 cases of Omicron in the world. An official report based on studies of the Omicron variant is yet to come. "As per informal inputs we have Omicron variant symptoms that are not severe. People affected with it are showing mild symptoms. No deaths have been reported so far due to the Omicron variant," he stated.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has given directions to restart Covid control rooms throughout the state and has asked civic authorities to hire required staff. It has also been told to check and ensure oxygen supply network, availability of oxygen, transportation, condition of oxygen plants, ICU beds and oxygenated beds at the hospitals.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been directed to hire staff immediately for restarting the BBMP control room. Directions are also being given to purchase required medicines.






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  • John D' silva, Bahrain

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Please close all roads from Kerala, so we can protect our community from this new virus.

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  • Agnel, Udupi

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    At present situation, Without vaccination, no one can fly. That means omicron spread through vaccinated people only. I think who were NOT vaccinated they are only safe.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    If same story as delta then economic collapse this time.

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  • Tester, Bangalore

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Booster dose is required for all the people

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  • Tester, Bangalore

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Tuff restrictions should be implemented from now for 1 month like 50 percent occupancy in public places, public transportation,super spreading events should be closed for 1 month,Marshall's and police should be there inpublic place to monitor the covid norms followed by people and night curfew from 8 pm to 6 am..

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    HomeWorldHoarse-Voiced, US President Joe Biden Says It's "Just A Cold" Hoarse-Voiced, US President Joe Biden Says It's "Just A Cold" "I am okay," US President Joe Biden said. "I have a test World Agence France-Presse Updated: December 04, 2021 1:21 am IST US President Joe Biden spent last week's Thanksgiving holiday with his family. Washington: US President Joe Biden was notably hoarse Friday as he delivered a speech and answered questions from the press, but insisted he had simply caught a cold from his grandson, and his doctor said his Covid tests were negative. The gravelly, lower-pitched tone of Biden's voice as he spoke at the White House, peppered with several coughs, prompted the first journalist called on to ask, "Are you okay?" "I am okay," Biden said. "I have a test every day... a Covid test. They check me for all the strains.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    politicians have become virologists...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    This highly transmissible air borne virus should go on mutating until the host gathers enough immunity to ward it off, and the mutations may occur independent of forced transmission as is demonstrated in this doctor's case!

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