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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-72

Omicron: An emerging variant of concern

Department of Medicine, MVJMC and RH, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vasantha Kamath
Department of Medicine, MVJMC and RH, Hoskote, Bengaluru - 562 114, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_134_21

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Emerging infectious diseases are now a concern worldwide and can evolve into a global health-care crisis or pandemic. Identification of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) of severe acute respiratory syndrome-2 (SARS-CoV-2) which is considered a variant of concern has added fuel to the eternal flame of the global COVID-19 pandemic. There is an apparent sharp rise in cases of the new variant which is setting off alarm bells. The emergence of this new strain of the virus has taken a disproportionate toll in few countries including India. The need of the hour is to track the concerning rise of the new variant of the SARS-COV-2 causing COVID-19 and to prevent the reinfection.

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