Karnataka: 4 minors among 6 new Omicron cases, state tally rises to 14


Karnataka reported six new cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19, taking the state tally to 14 on Saturday. In a major update, five of the total six new cases of Omicron are from two cluster outbreaks of COVID-19 in different educational institutions.

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said both the COVID-19 clusters are in the state’s Dakshina Kannada region. The first cluster has 14 coronavirus cases of which four are of Omicron. The second has 19 cases with one confirmed Omicron positive.

The fifth patient of Omicron in Karnataka is a traveller from the United Kingdom. Notably, this international passenger from the UK and a 19-year-old from one of the clusters have already taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while the other four have not. The vaccine currently available in the market are for 18 years and above.

The state health department said, the 18-year-old Indian national who came from the UK had got tested on December 10 at the airport on arrival. She was shifted to hospital immediately after her report came positive.

“The patient is asymptomatic and vitals are stable. Three primary contacts and 16 secondary contacts all are tested and reported negative,” the department said.

The 19-year-old woman, from one of the two clusters, tested herself COVID-19 on December 8 at a college in Mangaluru and her reports on the following day. The health department said that she is asymptomatic and her vitals are stable. 

The woman’s 42 primary contacts and 293 secondary contacts were tested for COVID-19 of them, 18 students tested positive and the rest negative.

The remaining four Omicron cases are girls of which three are 14-years-old and one is 13-year-old, Karnataka health department informed.

For the unversed, India’s first Omicron case was reported in Karnataka. A South African national, who has left the country, and a Bengaluru doctor with no travel history were tested Omicron positive on December 2.


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