KATHMANDU, Jan 12: The newly detected Omicron variant of COVID-19 is said to be more transmissible than the previous Delta variant.
Though the Omicron variant is so far found to be less fatal, its spreading rate is faster.
According to Joint Spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Sameer Kumar Adhikari, the symptoms of the latest variant are similar to the previously detected variants. The ongoing gene sequencing about COVID-19 shows the cases of the Omicron variant have soared, suggesting its high transmissibility.
Ministry Spokesperson Dr Sangita Kaushal Mishra said this variant affects the upper respiratory tract unlike past variants as they would have their implications in the lower respiratory tract or lungs. However, further studies about the consequences of the variant are underway.
In the past week, the virus has affected 10 million people globally and the World Health Organisation suspects the highest contribution of Omicron variant to the soaring infections. The virus can infect vaccinated people as well.
Itchy throat, breathing difficulty, sneezing, mild fever, congestion, or runny nose are among the symptoms of the Omicron variant.
Health professionals advise everyone to follow all the health protocols against the virus.