India reports four new Omicron cases, tally reaches 38

COVID testing equipment on table in a healthacre facility in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: With the fresh four cases of the new COVID variant Omicron, the number of infections has risen to 37 in India, reports said on Sunday.

The four new patients belong to Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

For Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh, these were the first cases, and in Karnataka, it was the third case.

Maharashtra’s Nagpur has reported its first case of Omicron- a 40-year-old man who came back from South Africa via Delhi, a report by NDTV said.

He tested positive at the airport on December 6 and his genome test report from the National Institute of Virology came today.

The report said this was Maharashtra’s 18th case of Omicron. To slam brakes on the virus, prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were declared in Mumbai on December 11 and 12.

A 20-year-old, who came from Italy to visit his relatives in Chandigarh, tested positive for Omicron. After landing on November 22, he was on home quarantine and tested positive for COVID on retesting on December 1. A genome sequencing confirmed Omicron.

The man, who was completely asymptomatic, got fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine while in Italy.

He is currently in institutional quarantine. His seven high-risk family contacts have been placed in quarantine too. All of them tested negative for Covid in RTPCR test. They were tested again today, the report said.

In Andhra Pradesh, a man who returned from Ireland, tested positive for the Omicron strain, which has raised concerns of a fresh outbreak across the world. He is currently in Vishakhapatnam.

States including Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat have reported cases of the new COVID variant. Maharashtra has seen the maximum number of cases.


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