Ground Report | New Delhi: Omicron in community transmission; The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genome Consortium (INSACOG), Omicron, a new variant of Covid-19 in India, has now reached the stage of community transmission.
Omicron in community transmission
In such a situation, the number of Covid patients are now increasing in hospitals and they also need intensive care beds. However, most cases of Omicron are mild and asymptomatic.
According to the Genome Consortium, “Omicron is rapidly spreading to many metropolitan cities. There is no change in the threat to Omicron.
Community transmission means that an infected person does not know who they have come into contact with. This means that the corona virus is present between settlements, cities and communities. In such a situation, it is difficult to break the chain of infection, and the infection progresses rapidly.
Community transmission means that the virus has spread between communities and can infect anyone. Even those who have not recently traveled or been in contact with the infected area or person. This means that everyone in the country or community can be infected.
The Ministry of Health did not use the term community transmission. The Health Ministry didn’t even use the term during last year’s outbreak.
New Variant B.1.640.2
New variant B.1.640.2
INSACOG, an organization of 38 laboratories carrying out genome sequencing of corona infection cases, said in its January 10 bulletin published on Sunday that the number of patients in hospitals and intensive care units had started to increase in due to increased infection.
The Genome Consortium also says it is also considering the new B.1.640.2 variant of Corona. This variant was recently discovered in some countries. INSACOG said there was as yet no evidence of his infection spreading rapidly. B.1.640.2 is not classified as a variant of concern, although it evades immune protection. So far, no such cases have been found in India.
The Genome Consortium also indicates that the test that detects the S gene is not suitable because it is more likely to give false reports. This is why the PCR test for Omicron is the right one. If the S gene is not found in the sample of infected people, then it is considered as an Omicron case. However, Omicron is only confirmed by genome sequencing.
INSACOG had stated in its January 3 bulletin that community transmission of Omicron was taking place in India. In this, Omicron’s fastest infection rate was reported in Delhi and Mumbai. Now the internal transmission of Omicron is happening in India. In other words, this does not happen with foreign travelers.
In the coming weeks, the third wave of the corona epidemic caused by Omicron will spread to small towns and villages after the metros. Dr. Rajeev Jayadevan, Corona task force adviser at IMA, Kochi, Kerala, said a similar trend was seen in each wave.
There is also Corona-related relief news. The R-value fell to 1.57 from January 14 to 21. This means that an infected person transmits the infection to more than one person. If the R value becomes less than one, then it is considered an indication of the end of the epidemic.
According to a preliminary analysis by IIT Madras, the third wave of the epidemic could be at its peak in the next fortnight.
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