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2 more Omicron cases reported in Delhi take India’s tally to 163

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A healthcare worker on duty to take samples for COVID. [FPK File Photo]

New Delhi: As India continues to witness more cases of new COVID variant Omicron, Delhi on Monday reported two more infections taking its tally to 24.

According to the health department, 12 of these have been discharged and the other 12 are under treatment, news agency ANI reported.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka confirmed five more cases of the new variant. The five patients are from Dharwad, Bhadravathi, Udupi (2) and Mangaluru, Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar said.

India’s Omicron case count is now at least 163, the report said. According to GoI and state officials, Omicron cases have been detected in Maharashtra (54), Delhi (24), Rajasthan (17) and Karnataka (19), Telangana (20), Gujarat (11), Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (4).

Meanwhile, India on Monday recorded 6,563 COVID cases and 132 deaths in the last 24 hours. With 8,077 recoveries, the active cases in the country stood at 82,267, according to India’s Health Ministry of India bulletin.

Meanwhile, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that in view of rising COVID cases in the United Kingdom, India should prepare itself for any eventuality.

“We should prepare and hope that things are not as bad as in the United Kingdom. We need more data on Omicron. Whenever there is a surge in cases in other parts of the world, we need to monitor it closely and be prepared for any eventuality. It is better to stay prepared than to get caught off-guard,” the report quoted Guleria as saying.

 

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