COVID19: Modi to chair meet with top officials on new Omicron variant

The crucial meeting is set for the nation’s concern against the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, being first discovered in South Africa.

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New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi is set to chair a meeting on Saturday with top officials on the current Covid-19 situation in India and the new Omicron variant which is the “most heavily mutated version” of coronavirus.

The PM will also be discussing India’s vaccination drive status and its coverage.

The crucial meeting is set for the nation’s concern against the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, being first discovered in South Africa. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is highly worried about this new variant and has been classified as a transmissible virus.

Omicron has made several countries worried including US, UK, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and France which are imposing travel bans on several southern African countries to prevent the spread of new strain.

So far, no new Covid-19 variant has been detected at the IGI Delhi airport among the ‘at-risk’ country’s passengers.

Dr. Shashank Joshi, a member of the Maharashtra COVID Task Force stated that the new variant is a very rapidly transmissible strain.

“This variant has a particular cluster of mutations near the cleavage site called furin, which makes the virus more transmissible,” he stated.

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