85 new cases of omicron were reported in Maharashtra, the number increased to 252

The 38 omicron cases reported by IISER are from community surveillance. (file)


Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 85 fresh cases of the Omicron version of the coronavirus, the highest single-day number so far recorded by any state in the country, taking the total tally to 252, the state health department said.

The state had not reported any Omicron case on Tuesday.

“Today, 85 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in the state. Of these, 47 patients have been reported by the National Institute of Virology (NIV-(where the samples were sent for genome sequencing)) and 38 by the Indian Institute of Science and Education. and Research (IISER),” said the bulletin of the Health Department.

The 38 omicron cases reported by IISER are from community surveillance and as per preliminary information, they do not have any international travel history.

Giving details of 38 cases, the health department said that Mumbai reported 19 of them, followed by Kalyan-Dombivali (five), Navi Mumbai and Pimpri-Chinchwad (three each), Vasai-Virar and Pune Municipal Corporation (Mumbai). Two cases each were reported in PMC. ), and one each in Pune (Rural), Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Panvel and Thane Municipal Corporations.

The bulletin said that of the 47 patients reported by the National Institute of Virology, 43 are international travelers and four are close contacts. It said that out of these 47 patients, 34 are from Mumbai, three each from Nagpur and Pimpri-Chinchwad, two each from Navi Mumbai and Pune Municipal Corporation and one each from Panvel, Kolhapur and Buldhana.