Globally, the Omicron variant has been seen to have a lower rate of hospitalisation
Omicron is in community transmission in India and has become the dominant variant in multiple metros where new cases have been rising exponentially, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has said.
In its latest weekly newsletter dated January 10, the genomic consortium said that while most Omicron cases have so far been asymptomatic or mild, hospitalisations and ICU cases have been increasing in the current wave. “The threat level remains unchanged,” the consortium has cautioned.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines community transmission as “outbreaks with the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples — routine systematic testing of respiratory samples from established laboratories”.
First Published: Jan 23 2022 | 2:54 PM IST