PM Modi briefed about Omicron Covid variant

PTI | | Updated on: Nov 27, 2021
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Asks officials to review plans to ease international travel restrictions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday briefed about the new ‘Omicron’ variant of the coronavirus, and he asked officials to review the plans to ease international travel restrictions in light of the “emerging new evidence”.

Covid waves

At a meeting to review the Covid situation, Modi was briefed about the global trends on coronavirus cases and officials highlighted that countries across the world have experienced multiple Covid-19 surges since the onset of the pandemic, a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement said.

During the meeting, officials briefed the Prime Minister about the new variant of concern, ‘Omicron’, along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries, the PMO said, adding that its implications for India were also discussed.

Also see: The hunt for coronavirus variants: How the new one was found and what we know so far

Modi spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the Omicron variant.

He said that in view of the new threat, people need to be more cautious and take proper precautions like masking up and maintaining social distance, according to the PMO.

Monitoring arrivals

The Prime Minister highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified as ‘at risk’ to mitigate the spread of Omicron.

He also asked the officials to “review plans for easing of international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new evidence”, the statement said.

Also see: World races to contain new Covid threat, the omicron variant

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and NITI Aayog member (health) Dr V K Paul, among others.

Published on November 27, 2021

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