Two Omicron cases detected in India

Indian health officials say they have recorded two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Indian health officials say they have recorded two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Two cases with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in India, health officials say.

The two cases are of a 66-year-old and a 44-year-old in southern Karnataka state, health officials said at a briefing on Thursday.

They were being monitored.

No further details were given.

"We need not panic, awareness is the need of the moment," Balram Bhargava, director of the Indian Council Of Medical Research, said.

The two cases with the Omicron variant were of foreigners, both male, who arrived in Bengaluru in November.

Their contacts are being traced.

Australian Associated Press