Omicron cases in Kerala near 500-mark, govt warns action if clusters kept under wraps

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Thiruvananthapuram: As Omicron cases approach the 500-mark in Kerala, the state government has warned action if information regarding the formation of clusters is not revealed to the health department.

Health Minister Veena George on Thursday said that the nursing college in Pathanamthitta where an Omicron cluster was found had tried to keep the news under wraps.

She has directed the district medical officer to take action on the institution.

Meanwhile, 59 fresh cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus were confirmed on the day, including 12 infections in Alappuzha and 10 in Thrissur.

To date, 480 cases of the latest variant have been reported in the state, of which 332 persons had arrived from low-risk countries, 90 from nations marked as high-risk and 52 contracted the virus through contacts.

Besides, six cases were detected among persons who reached Kerala from other states.

The other district-wise Omicron cases on the day: Pathanamthitta (8), Ernakulam (7), Kollam (6), Malappuram (6), Kozhikode (5), Palakkad (2), Kasaragod (2) and Kannur (1). In addition to this, nine persons were infected through contacts, including six in Alappuzha and three in Kollam.

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