He is the Director of the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research-Institute Of Genomics And Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB). He cautioned against panicking and reiterated the World Health Organization 's report stating that there is not enough information on Omicron yet.
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The emergence of Omicron has triggered a global alarm as it is the most heavily mutated strain detected so far. Many countries, including India, have imposed fresh COVID-19 -related restrictions. The WHO has flagged Omicron as a variant of concern (VOC). However, the WHO said more information on Omicron's transmissibility, severity, and other aspects would be available in the coming weeks only.
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