Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened an emergency meeting to discuss how to prepare for a new form of coronavirus, Omicron. In a meeting on Saturday morning, the prime minister said the new type of corona had raised concerns. So there is a need for new thinking about international flights. For that, it is necessary to impose restrictions on coming and going in risky countries.
Narendra Modi said special covid tests should also be emphasized at airports. Other than that, you have to be careful in following the Kovid protocol properly.
A new type of corona has been found, mainly in South Africa. Infections have also been reported in Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong. After Delta and Delta Plus, this new type is B1.1.529, named by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Omicron. The WHO has already warned everyone that this is a matter of grave concern.
Omicron has not yet been found in India. Despite this, the Prime Minister is not willing to take any risk. During the meeting on Saturday, Narendra Modi directed the Cabinet Secretary, Health Secretary, the head of the Covid Task Force and the Covid expert members of the policy commission to remain vigilant and said that all necessary steps should be taken.
The Union Health Secretary has written to all the state governments in this regard. It says that in countries where Omicron has been found, it is important to keep a close eye on everyone who comes from there. Any kind of delay can become fatal.
A new strain of coronavirus has spread rapidly in South Africa. Ninety percent of those who have recently been infected in that country are infected with Omicron.
Most of them are school and college students. This information is of more concern. This is because India has not yet started vaccinating people under the age of 18. Apart from that, the government does not have any special information about Omicron. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. This is why the government is so worried.
Special screening of passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong, Botswana and Israel is being arranged at all international airports in India. Several countries, including the United Kingdom, Singapore and Israel, have suspended air services with Omicron-spreading countries. On Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on the Prime Minister and asked him to suspend flights to countries where Omicron was spread.
Concerns have been raised about the new type of corona. Countries around the world are on high alert. Countries in Asia and Europe have started taking steps like travel bans and various restrictions in South African countries. Countries are taking precautionary measures after the World Health Organization (WHO) called the new strain of coronavirus “worrying”, according to a BBC report.
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Hundreds of passengers arriving in Amsterdam from South Africa have already been tested. Authorities in the Netherlands say 61 new types of corona have been identified so far. They are being kept for quarantine at a nearby hotel. More suspected infections were reported in Germany and the Czech Republic on Saturday.
According to the Greek alphabet, the World Health Organization has named a new species in South Africa, Omicron. Initially it was named B.1.1.529. The new type of corona was announced as a matter of concern after an emergency virtual meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group.
It was first identified in South Africa last Wednesday. The WHO says there are many more such mutations in the corona. Some of these are worrisome. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it will take several weeks to test the newly identified strain.
According to the BBC, a scientist in the United Kingdom has described the new variant of the Corona as ‘terrible’. Another scientist said they had never seen such a terrifying variant.
This variant was first found in Botswana, according to the scientific journal Nature. It was then identified in South Africa. Soon after, it was identified in Hong Kong. However, this information was provided by the country only after the identification of this variant in South Africa. They said it could spread further.
Many questions have been raised about Omicron. But the answers to these questions are rarely known.
Regarding this variant, Tulio de Oliveria, director of the African Center for Epidemic Response and Innovation, said that it has changed abnormally and is different from any other variant. De Oliveria said that in all, the gene pattern has changed about 50 times to form a new omikron type.
Anger South Africa
The United Kingdom has so far banned the entry of citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Swatini.
U.S. officials say citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Swatini, Mozambique and Malawi will not be able to enter the country. The European Union has also imposed sanctions on its citizens.
The European Union (EU), an alliance of 28 European countries, has already temporarily banned flights to some countries in southern Africa. Australia has imposed a 14-day ban on citizens of nine countries. In addition, Canada, Europe and Arab countries have imposed travel restrictions on South Africa. Japan, India, Iran, Brazil, Thailand have announced various measures. Meanwhile, the country’s health ministry called the hasty travel bans one country after another “unfair” and against World Health Organization (WHO) standards, AFP reported.
South African Health Minister Joe Fala expressed his displeasure at a news conference on Friday. He also alleged that some leaders were looking for ‘scapegoats’. However, Joe Fala did not name anyone. Referring to the sanctions, he said, “We think some of the reactions are completely unreasonable.”