15-yr old girl among 3 Omicron cases detected in Jammu: GMC Jammu principal

15-yr old girl among 3 Omicron cases detected in Jammu: GMC Jammu principal
"Omicron is a variant of concern due to its more “pandemic, transmission, mortality and morbidity potential. It is considered to be more virulent,” Dr Sharma informed.File/ANI

Jammu: Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital principal Dr Shashi Sudhan Sharma on Wednesday stated that a 15-year old girl was among three cases detected positive for Omicron variant in Jammu region.

“The girl being minor was not vaccinated. However all of them have recovered now and are absolutely fine,” she said while addressing media persons here.

“In a new development that unfolded yesterday, three cases of Omicron were detected in the Jammu region. The cases were confirmed out of samples of foreign travellers and a cluster of (11) cases from Huzuri Bagh area sent to NCDC for whole genome sequencing which is a method for mutant detection. Omicron is a variant of concern due to its more “pandemic, transmission, mortality and morbidity potential. It is considered to be more virulent,” Dr Sharma informed.

“Out of three cases, two were from 11 cluster cases. They did not have any foreign travel history but had attended many marriages in the recent past. Third case was that of a 15-year old girl, again with no foreign travel history. Obviously they would have come into contact directly with some persons with a foreign travel history or they would have acquired it through the persons in contact with those with foreign travel history during marriages. So this has pointed towards an alarming fact that the COVID Appropriate Behaviour is being compromised despite warnings against it. This is the situation which we cannot afford,” she said.

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