Omicron Threat: As lesser Indians wearing masks, Govt says “risky and unacceptable level”

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New Delhi: Amid the emergence of the omicron version of COVID-19, the health ministry on Friday said the use of masks in India is declining and reminded people that both vaccines and face masks are important.

“The use of masks in India is declining. We have to remember that both vaccines and masks are important. As far as protection capability is concerned, we are now operating at risky and unacceptable levels. should learn.” Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog said.

He also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has also been warning against declining use of masks. Omicron’s global outlook is troubling.

As for the COVID-19 vaccine for children, NITI Aayog member secretary said, “We do not have any recommendation on pediatric immunization against COVID-19 from NTAGI (National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization) yet.”

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), DG, Balram Bhargava said regular meetings are being held to keep an eye on the global scenario and the COVID-19 scene in the country with a focus on Omron. “We need help not to spread panic. Restrictions will be implemented at the district level where the positivity is more than 5 per cent,” he said.

Read also: Kerala accounts for 43%, Maharashtra accounts for 10% of India’s total COVID-19 active cases: Center

The Union Health Ministry said on Friday that there are a total of 25 cases of Omicron in the country and all patients have ‘mild’ symptoms.

93 international passengers have tested COVID-19 positive. Of which 83 were from ‘at risk’ countries.

The health ministry official also informed that states have been ordered to increase surveillance and active testing of travelers coming from other countries.

Read also: Another Omron case added as center says 25 in India

Giving information about the COVID-19 cases in India, the Health Ministry said that the overall positivity rate stood at 0.73 per cent last week. Less than 10,000 cases in last 14 days. Active cases are highest in two states – Kerala and Maharashtra with the first having more than 43 per cent active cases and the latter more than 10 per cent.

First published:December 10, 2021, 6:30 pm

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