Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13 said that Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly as compared to other variants adding that there is a need to stay alert but also ensure that panic is not created. While addressing the virtual meet, the Prime Minister appealed to the public to stay alert and calm since Omicron is a highly transmissible variant. “Compared to previous variants Omicron is rapidly spreading. It’s more transmissible. Our health experts are assessing the situation. It’s clear that we have to stay alert, but also ensure to avoid panic,” said PM Modi.