The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly but it is causing a “very mild disease like viral fever,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today, urging people not to panic over reports that a new form of coronavirus could trigger a third wave.
“Omicron spreads rapidly but causes very mild disease. The virus has weakened. It is like a viral fever but caution is needed. However, there is no need to panic,” the news agency ANI was quoted as saying.
He said it has been found that Omicron is not as lethal as the Delta variant and added that infected patients are fully recovered in the Omicron variant within 4-5 days.
# Clock | # Omicron Spreads fast but causes very mild diseases. The virus has weakened. It is like a viral fever, but caution is needed. But there is no need to panic: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pic.twitter.com/bpepHZzRwz
– ANI UP / Uttarakhand (INANINewsUP) January 3, 2022
“The delta variant, which was prevalent during March-April, was found to take people 15-25 days to recover. Covid complications were also reported in patients. However, this is not the case with Omicron,” he said.
The health ministry said eight people had been infected with the Omicron variant in Uttar Pradesh since the first case was reported in the country in late November. According to the information, four of them have recovered.
This morning, Uttar Pradesh added 552 new covid cases bringing its total number to over 1.7 million. So far 22,916 people have died due to covid-related complications.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the five states where elections will be held despite the increase in the number of cases involving Omicron variants.
There have been reports of widespread violations of the Kovid ban in political campaigns and rallies in the state as parties like the BJP, Congress and regional players like the Samajwadi Party and BSP are vying for power in politically important states.
All the political parties in Uttar Pradesh during a meeting called for timely elections with compliance with the Kovid protocol, the Election Commission said, clearing the air that elections would be held amid the rise of new transition.
Less than 30 per cent of the population in Uttar Pradesh has been fully vaccinated, which was one of the most affected states during the second wave of the virus.