Local transmission of Omicron behind rise in Covid-19 cases

There is a big possibility of local transmission of the Omicron variant as new Covid-19 cases continue to rise, an infectious disease expert said Saturday.

A health worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carries a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside the casualty ward at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, in New Delhi, India, April 24, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The Omicron variant could be three to five times more transmissible than the Delta variant due to heavy mutations, Vaccine Expert Panel member Dr. Rontgene Solante said.

Experts say the rise in the number of cases means increased virus transmission and possible mutations.

In our current situation), with the enormous number of people being positive with the short duration of time, then I would say there is already community transmission of Omicron variant, a PNA report qouted Solante as saying during a televised public briefing.

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