Uttar Pradesh Medical Health Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna claimed that COVID-19 pandemic was under control across the state and there was no need to panic over Omicron, the new variant of novel coronavirus.
He also stressed that since fear was not a solution to any problem, people should neither be afraid nor panicky and not spread fear.
Khanna told reporters in Lucknow on Saturday that the state government has taken effective steps for controlling the coronavirus infection and achieved great success in it.
“In COVID-19 control, the model of Uttar Pradesh was also appreciated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), NITI Aayog and the prime minister. We did a decent job and that's why our positivity rate is relatively low. Dedicated efforts were made in this direction by the government and we are fully prepared in view of the emergence of the Omicron variant," he said.
“Premier medical institutions like SGPGIMS, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences and KGMU in Lucknow have arrangements for genome sequencing. Also, experts are of the opinion that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is less dangerous than the Delta variant and hence there is no need to create any kind of panic,” Khanna said.