Kochi: Kerala Health Minister Veena George informed on Monday that there was no community spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Kerala and people should not be panicking just yet. Speaking to the media, the minister said: “There is no community spread in Kerala. Of 152 Omicron cases, 50 are from high-risk countries, 84 from low-risk countries and only 18 are their contacts. At the moment, there is nothing to worry about. “Read also – Omicron: two new symptoms not to ignore
Earlier on Sunday, Kerala reported 45 new cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 152, the health ministry said. Read also – Unemployment rate peaks in four months of 7.9% in December 2021: CMIE
State Health Minister Veena George said nine of the 45 patients were from high-risk countries while 32 reached the state from low-risk countries. Four people contracted the new variant through their contacts. There are 16 cases of Omicron in Ernakulam, nine in Thiruvananthapuram, six in Thrissur, five in Pathanamthitta, three each in Alappuzha and Kozhikode, two in Malappuram and one in Wayanad. Also Read – Omicron Likes Viral Fever, No Need To Panic: Yogi Adityanath
“One person from Thrissur and three from Alappuzha contracted the new variant through their contacts,” the health ministry said in a press release.
Most of those infected with Omicron were from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the United Kingdom. The other countries include France, the Philippines, Turkey, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ireland, Africa, Uganda, and Ukraine. “So far, a total of 50 people have reached the state from high-risk countries while 84 have arrived from low-risk countries. Eighteen contracted the disease through their contacts, ”the statement read.
The minister called on the state’s people to be extra careful as the number of Omicron infections rises.