Telangana health authorities stop classifying Omicron cases

HYDERABAD: Telangana's health authorities have ceased classifying Omicron cases as Covid-19 infections, claiming that it is no longer essential.

The health department has stopped sharing information on Omicron cases with flight travellers arriving in Hyderabad from different countries, as it had been during the previous three weeks. It was not immediately obvious whether the health officials had halted genome sequencing of samples obtained from travellers at the Hyderabad Airport.

On Thursday night, the daily Covid status message contained no information about Omicron cases. The state has reported 94 Omicron cases among passengers from both at-risk and non-at-risk nations as of Wednesday. Four cases were found among local contacts.

Director of Public Health G. Srinivasa Rao said on Thursday that Omicron is already in the community, estimating that over 70percent of Covid cases in the state are Omicron.  "According to our estimates, Omicron cases account for more than 70percent of all cases. We don't need to know if it's a Delta, Gamma, or Omicron variant because the testing and treatment are identical. We won't be able to sequence everyone's genome. There isn't any reason for it. We need to know whether or not someone has Covid "he stated.

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