Out of 21 cases, nine were reported in Rajasthan, seven reported in Maharashtra and one in Delhi, said official sources.
Omicron variant is fast spreading its tentacles in India with the country reporting 17 new cases in Maharashtra, Delhi and Rajasthan on Sunday taking the total tally to 21. Out of 21 cases, nine were reported in Rajasthan, seven reported in Maharashtra and one in Delhi, said official sources.
According to Maharashtra Public Health Department, seven more people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Maharashtra. Total 8 cases of Omicron reported in the state so far. Four persons who returned from foreign tours and three of their close contacts have tested positive for the new variant.
Nine people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Rajasthan’s Jaipur district, officials said. The patients include four members of a family who had recently returned from South Africa. Their samples were sent for genome sequencing to Jaipur’s state-run Sawai Man Singh Hospital, they added.
Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania has tested positive for Omicron, making it the first case of the new COVID-19 variant in the national capital and the fifth in the country, an official source said.
According to the official source, the patient, currently admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, has mild symptoms. “So far, 17 COVID-19 patients and six of their contacts have been admitted to the Lok Nayak Hospital. The Omicron variant has been found in one of the 12 samples sent for genome sequencing so far, according to a preliminary report,” Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
“The patient is an Indian and has returned from Tanzania. He was admitted to the hospital on December 2 with mild symptoms of sore throat, fever and body ache,” Medical Director Suresh Kumar said.
Meanwhile, two close contacts of the Omicron positive patient in Jamnagar, Gujarat, have tested Covid positive. They are suspected to be infected by the same variant. One of them is the wife of the patient who came with him from Zimbabwe, said the official.