A new variant of corona virus named Omicron has been identified in South Africa, which has caused a concern globally. Doctors in South Africa have reported that people infected from Omicron variant are showing different symptoms from that of Delta variant. To contain the spread of this new strain, countries are on high alert. To restrict the spread of this variant in India, Karnataka government has requested the Centre to impose a travel ban on travels and passengers arriving from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana. Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday gave a statement to reporters which read – “A new strain of the COVID-19 has appeared abroad, which is mainly seen in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana. European nations have imposed restrictions and the WHO has also raised an alarm against this new variant by calling it a matter of concern”. Initial analysis on Omicron variant reveals that it is very contagious and can escape from immune system, this has raised global concerns, and several countries have resumed social distancing guidelines and travel bans.