GUWAHATI, Jan 5: Assam has detected the second case of Omicron variant within the span of simply two days.

The particular person has been recognized as Md Mahmud Hussain and has a world journey historical past.

Well being Minister Keshab Mahanta knowledgeable the media at the moment that Hussain, a resident of Hojai, had arrived from Saudi Arabia. He added that Hussain’s report arrived from the NEIST this morning.

The Meghalaya Authorities had on Tuesday confirmed 5 instances of the Omicron virus, which embrace a vacationer from Assam. The 13-year-old boy who has been recognized as Rohan Das is a resident of Digaru.

The Minister stated that Das’ contracting tracing had already been carried out and all needed measures had been initiated.

He additionally stated that each Hussain and Das had now examined unfavourable.

The Well being Minister knowledgeable that since December 12 final yr, 1,598 samples had been despatched to the Nationwide Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kolkata, of which stories of 1,438 have arrived.

No case of omicron variant has been confirmed in these stories.

So far as individuals with worldwide journey historical past is anxious, the Minister stated that since December 1 final yr, as many as 3,189 individuals had arrived within the State of which 52 examined COVID-19 constructive. Of those, one case of Omicron was detected at the moment.

Stating that the COVID-19 instances has risen in the previous few days, Mahanta knowledgeable that within the final ten days, Kamrup ( Metro) has recorded the very best variety of constructive instances with 832, adopted by Kamrup (156), Jorhat (105), Dibrugarh (72), Cachar (60), Hojai (50) and Nagaon (50).

“Right this moment, as we communicate, greater than 500 constructive instances have been detected, of which greater than 250 are from Kamrup (Metro). The entire report is but to be compiled,” he stated.

On the supply of hospital beds, the Well being Minister stated that at current 4,991 isolation beds had been there within the State, of which 308 are at the moment occupied.

There are 2613 oxygen supported beds, of which 105 are occupied.

“Solely 11 out of 285 ICU beds are at the moment occupied. Additional, of the 650 ICU beds with ventilators, 16 are at the moment taken,” he stated.

He stated that no matter the speed of infections, all of the Deputy Commissioners have been requested to deal with the state of affairs critically and guarantee full preparedness.

Earlier at the moment, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated, “The way during which the COVID-19 instances have elevated in the previous few days, my feeling is that Omicron may need arrived. “The rising instances are a matter of concern. Now we have acquired to watch out,” he added.

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