The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is in the community transmission stage in India and it has also become dominant in multiple metros, said Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium in its weekly bulletin on Sunday.

According to the report RTPCR screening applicable to all Omicron lineages, “Tests suitable for PCR based screening applicable to all Omicron lineages have been approved for use.”

“While most Omicron cases so far have been asymptomatic or mild, hospitalizations and ICU cases have been increasing in the current wave. The threat level remains unchanged,” it further said.

“The recently reported B.1.640.2 lineage is being monitored. There is no evidence of rapid spread and while it has features of immune escape, it is currently not a variant of concern. So far, no case detected in India,” INSACOG added.

The bulletin also said that the Omicron wave continues to expand globally, but the rate of hospitalisation during this wave is less.