Two cases of the new variant of COVID-19, Omicron, were detected through the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) in Karnataka, a Ministry of Health on Thursday.

INSACOG is a multi-laboratory, multi-agency, Pan-India network to monitor genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2 by a sentinel sequencing effort. 

On Monday, a senior health official had announced that no case of Omicron had been found in the country and that Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia INSACOG is closely monitoring the situation and expediting the results of genomic analysis of positive samples of international travellers.

India reported 9,765 new COVID-19 cases and 477 deaths in the last 24 hours and the active caseload in the country stands at 99,763. The country’s COVID-19 recovery rate is at 98.35 per cent at present.

Also read: WHO says not yet clear if Omicron more transmissible, severe

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