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Here are the latest updates about the new coronavirus variant:
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will on Friday hold a meeting with senior officials and experts after the detection of two cases of the Omicron variant in the state, ANI reported. These are the first two cases of the variant in India. Bommai said that his government will introduce new guidelines and standard operating procedures after the meeting.Five contacts of one of the patients in Karnataka have also tested positive for the coronavirus. They have been isolated, said Gaurav Gupta, the chief of Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. The Indian SARS-COV-2 genome consortium or INSACOG has suggested that booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine should be considered for those over the age of 40, The Hindu reported on Thursday. On Monday, VK Paul, the chairperson of India’s Covid-19 task force, had said that a policy on booster shots would be announced in two weeks. Opposition MPs on Thursday sought clarity from the government on booster shots during a parliamentary discussion on Covid-19 that went on till after midnight, PTI reported. They sought a ban on international flights amid concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant.
The administration of Haryana’s Gurugram city has made wearing masks in public places mandatory, The Indian Express reported. The city recorded…