In Kalyan Dombivali area of Mumbai, Maharashtra, a man tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus. He had arrived at Delhi airport from South Africa via Dubai before he flew to Mumbai.
As per officials, the Kalyan man is the first detected case of Omicron variant in Maharashtra. With him, the tally of positive cases of the variant has reached four.
Omicron India Tally Reaches Four:
The Mumbai man, 33-years-old, had landed in Delhi on November 23 where he got tested for COVID-19. Then he reportedly took a flight to Mumbai. Apart from Maharashtra, the cases of Omicron variant have been already detected in Karnataka and Gujarat.
According to a report by PTI, Dr Archana Patil, Maharashtra’s health department director said, “A man from Kalyan Dombivli municipal corporation area has tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. He is the first official case in the state.
She added that the man had arrived with a group of four people and the authorities are now tracing and tracking them.
“Their RT-PCR test as well as genome sequencing will be done as well,” she added. India is now among more than 30 countries in the world who have reportedly Omicron cases. One of the four patients who tested positive for the variant had no travel history. The 46-year-old man reportedly works as a hospital staff in Bengaluru. Another cases in Karnataka was of a South African national. The cases detected in Gujarat is of a 72-year-old man who had returned from Zimbabwe. The 72-year-old man is from Jamnagar in Gujarat. According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), Gujarat Health Commissioner Jai Prakash Shivhare has confirmed that the man has tested positive for the new variant
Cases of Omicron In India:
As soon as the news of a new strain spread out, India had ramped up its testings as well as stricter precautionary measures including rapid vaccination. Although, two cases were found previously in India. One is of a 46-year-old doctor in Bengaluru who is fully vaccinated and has no travel history. The doctor developed symptoms like fever and body ache. The other case was of a 66-year-old South African national who came to India with a negative COVID-19 report.
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