During the media briefing, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Balram Bhargava said that the Omicron variant is spreading very fast in Europe and most parts of the world. In view of it, Dr Bhargava emphasised that this is the time to avoid non-essential travel, mass gatherings and it is very important to observe low-intensity festivities.
NITI Aayog member, Health Dr. V K Paul said that a new phase of the COVID 19 pandemic is being experienced in Europe with a steep rise in cases. Dr. Paul informed that the government of India has taken comprehensive and far-reaching measures to prevent the ingress of Omicron into the country through restrictions and monitoring of incoming passengers. He said, the government has also intensified genomic surveillance.