Imphal: After the detection of the first Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Manipur on Monday, no new cases have been reported so far, informed a health official.

In a press statement issued on Thursday, state health director Dr. K Rajo Singh said that all primary and secondary contacts of the person who was detected with Omicron variant with a travel history to Tanzania have been traced and testing is ongoing.

During contact tracing, three persons tested positive for COVID-19 and their samples have been sent for Whole Genome Sequencing to IBSD Takyelpat in Imphal, said Dr Rajo.

“Tracing and testing of secondary contacts is continuing and till date, no further positive case is found,” Dr Rajo said.

As the Omicron variant is reported to be highly transmissible as compared to other variants of COVID-19, he has advised people in Manipur to adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and wear masks mandatorily.

Masks have been found effective against all variants of COVID-19, he said.

Dr Rajo also advised people not to panic and “keep ourselves and our communities safe”.

“Please vaccinate, keep physical distance, hand hygiene and always wear masks. And rely only on information verified by the state government,” he added.

It may be noted that on Monday, the first case of Omicron variant of coronavirus in the northeast was reported in Manipur. A 48-year-old man from Imphal West district with travel history to Tanzania was found with Omicron variant after his return from the trip.

The patient is currently undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal. His condition is stable, as per the official source.

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