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PM Modi urges Indians not to panic amid Omicron outbreak

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the people not to panic due to new variant of COVID, Omicron.

Addressing the nation yesterday, the Prime Minister said infections are rising across several nations due to the new variant.

Modi added that there have been a few cases in India as well and people to use masks and sanitize themselves regularly.

PM Modi said today, the nation has 18 lakh isolation beds, five lakh oxygen supported beds, 1.4 lakh ICU beds and 90,000 special beds for kids. He said there are over 3,000 functional PSA Oxygen plants and four lakh cylinders have been provided to all states.

He said that apart from research on the vaccine, work is also underway on approval processes, supply chains, distribution, training, IT support system and certification.

As a precautionary measure Government has decided that the precaution dose of vaccine will be started from January 10 for healthcare and frontline workers and for citizens above 60 years with co-morbidities, on the advice of their doctor. For children between the ages of 15 to 18 years, COVID-19 vaccination will start from January 3.

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