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Omicron Variant: Community transmission of Omicron variant started in Delhi, claims ILBS in study

The Department of Clinical Virology, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences has detected early community transmission of the Omicron (B1.1.529) variant of COVID-19. In this study, all respiratory samples were taken from RT-PCR between 25 November and 23 December 2021.

Confirmation of community transmission in Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Since the identification of the new variant of the corona virus, Omicron Variant, the number of cases of COVID-19 infection (Covid-19) is increasing rapidly worldwide. Omicron is the main reason for the increasing cases of the current wave in India. According to a study, for the first time in Delhi, evidence of community transmission of Omicron variant (B1.1.529) has been found. For the first time in the country, such a study has come out, in which community transmission has been confirmed. This information has been given by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi.

According to the report of news agency ANI, the Department of Clinical Virology of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences has detected the initial community transmission of Omicron (B1.1.529) variant of COVID-19. In this study, all respiratory samples were taken from RT-PCR between 25 November and 23 December 2021. Samples were collected from five districts of Delhi. Of the 264 cases included during the study period, 68.9 percent (182 samples) were from the case delta variant and 31.06 percent of the cases (82 samples) were from Omicron, with the BA.1 major sub-lineage (73.1 percent).

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