PM Modi today cautioned against the new Covid strain


Posted on 29 November 2021


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cautioned against the new Covid version 'Omicron' before the start of Parliament's Winter Session. On the weekend, he held a Covid review meeting in response to worries about a new strain discovered in South Africa. "Reports of a new variant are making us even more alert. I appeal to parliament and all of you to be cautious as every citizen's health is a priority in this hour of crisis," PM said to the press. PM Modi stated that more than 100 crore vaccination doses have been administered since the last session, and the country is fast approaching the 150 crore level. Omicron was named a "Variant of Concern" by the WHO on Friday, joining Delta and its weaker rivals Alpha, Beta, and Gamma in the most dangerous category of Covid variations. Following cases in Botswana, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Israel, and the Czech Republic, the government is planning to strengthen travel procedures and checks for tourists.

Several nations have already implemented travel restrictions and prohibitions on flights to and from South Africa and its neighbours. PM Modi reportedly requested a review of measures to remove travel restrictions during his Saturday meeting with officials and experts.


Key Points


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cautioned against the new Covid version 'Omicron' before the start of Parliament's Winter Session.

  • Following cases in Botswana, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Israel, and the Czech Republic, the government is planning to strengthen travel procedures and checks for tourists.