India must prepare itself for any eventuality: AIIMS chief amid rising Omicron cases

New Delhi: Amid rising cases of the omicron version of COVID-19 in the UK, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) chief Dr Randeep Guleria said India should prepare itself for “any eventuality”.

AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria said: “We must prepare and hope that things do not turn as bad as in the UK. We need more data on Omicron. Whenever there is an increase in cases in other parts of the world, we need to monitor it closely and be prepared for any eventuality.”

Talking to news agency ANI, he said, “It is better to be prepared than to be caught off-guard.”

So far, over 150 cases of the Omron variant have been reported in India.

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In the UK, 10,059 cases of the new strain of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, more than three times the number reported on Friday (3,201). According to the report of the UK Health Protection Agency, the total cases in the country have increased to 24,968.

The Omicron variant or B.1.1.1.529 was first reported on 25 November from South Africa. The World Health Organization designated it as a variant of concern on 26 November.

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In India, this mutated version of the coronavirus was first reported in Karnataka on 2 December.

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