The Assam Government has worriedly asked citizens to raise guards after WHO’s designation to the new COVID variant as “a variant of concern”.
World Health Organization claims
The World Health Organization (WHO) had proclaimed that a new coronavirus variant, currently going by the name ‘Omicron’, was discovered in southern Africa.
It has warned that the fresh variant is a designated “variant of concern”, which is the most serious categorical value it uses for such tracking.
The WHO has further claimed that ‘Omicron’ is a carrier of various ‘genetic mutations’, which make it detrimental, as they may allow it to spread rapidly. The spread may be contagious even among the vaccinated populace.
How did the Assam Government react?
While addressing the media, Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma said today, on November 27, “So far no cases of the new coronavirus variant are detected in the country, but the Union Health Ministry is working on checking it. We will respond as per the situation and the guidelines from the Centre. But it is time to up our guards.”