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  • Omicron in community transmission stage in India: govt panel
  • Omicron dominant in metro cities: INSACOG
  • BA.2 found in a substantial fraction in the country: INSACOG

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Omicron in community transmission stage in India: panel on Covid variants

It also said BA.2 lineage, an infectious sub-variant of Omicron, has been found in a substantial fraction in the country.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is in the community transmission stage in India and has become dominant in multiple metros where new cases have been rising exponentially, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium or INSACOG has said in its latest bulletin.

It also said BA.2 lineage, an infectious sub-variant of Omicron, has been found in a substantial fraction in the country.

The INSACOG, in its January 10 bulletin that was released on Sunday, said while most Omicron cases so far have been asymptomatic or mild, hospitalisations and ICU cases have increased in the current wave and the threat level remains unchanged.

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It also added that the recently reported B.1.640.2 lineage or IHU is being monitored and so far no case has been detected in India

The INSACOG, under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, reports genomic surveillance of SARS CoV -2 across the country through sequencing of samples from sentinel sites and also detailed state-wise district analysis for some states.

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