The variant has a similar genetic background to the Delta variant, as well as some of the mutations from Omicron, says a virologist.
The variant has been reported by researchers at institute IHU Mediterranee Infection in 12 persons who had travelled to African country Cameroon.
Rajesh Bhushan urged the states to optimally utilise the financial support provided by Government of lndia under ERCP 1 and 2 diligently.
Arvind Kejriwal writes to PM Narendra Modi to stop flights from countries affected by new COVID variant
In view of the new COVID variant, a number of countries, including the European Union, have suspended travel to the affected regions, Arvind Kejriwal said.
Pakistan bans travel from 6 African countries, Hong Kong amid concern over new Covid variant Omicron
However, Pakistani passengers travelling from these countries "on extreme emergency" will only be allowed after obtaining exemptions, the NCOC said.
The person, who was fully vaccinated against coronavirus, developed symptoms "in the course of the week" and was then tested.
"We must also be cautious about citizens travelling from other countries. We will check if they have received the vaccine and the RT-PCR test," Minister of Health and Family Welfare Zahid said.
Omicron was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on November 24, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.
"We have some optimism that the vaccine should still work against a new variant for serious disease, but really we need to wait to have that confirmed," says vaccine expert Prof Andrew Pollard.
UK health secretary says that 2 cases of new coronavirus variant omicron identified in Britain, says they are linked.
FIH CEO, Thierry Weil, said it isn’t possible to maintain this event as planned. “The safety of everyone involved in the FIH events is an absolute priority,” he said.
Travel will be mostly banned starting Monday from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, a senior official said.
EU likely to impose travel ban on African countries as WHO classifies new COVID variant as 'highly transmissible'
Many EU member states had already gone ahead with flight suspensions from some or all of the seven African countries. Others were expected to follow suit over coming days.
The new variant might lead to postponement or cancellation of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships scheduled in Pretoria from December 3 to 5.
The scientific community is worried as they fear that this new strain could fuel outbreaks in several countries and cripple health systems once again.