New Delhi: India’s daily spike in omicron cases has raised alarm across the country. This variant seems to be spreading rapidly in the country and so far the highest number of 11 states has been found in Maharashtra. The cases of the Omicron variant in India rose to 153 on Sunday after Maharashtra reported six and Gujarat four more cases of the new variant of the coronavirus, respectively.
According to central and state officials, omicron cases were detected in 11 states and union territories – Maharashtra (54), Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17) and Karnataka (14), Telangana (20), Gujarat (11) Is. Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (1) told PTI.
Maharashtra’s Omicron tally rose to 54 after six persons tested positive for the variant in the state. According to a PTI report, two of these patients had a travel history to Tanzania, while two others had returned from England and one from the Middle East. Of these, five have been fully immunized.
In Pimpri Chinchwad township near Pune city, a 46-year-old man with a history of travel to the Middle East has been found infected with this strain. The patient has mild symptoms and is currently admitted in a private hospital. He has been fully vaccinated.
Another patient is a five-year-old boy from Junnar in Pune, who is a close contact of Dubai travelers from Junnar, informed the Maharashtra Health Department.
“A total of six cases were diagnosed today – four of them were detected during airport screening in Mumbai. Of these four patients, one is from Mumbai, two from Karnataka and one from Aurangabad,” the health statement said.
Significantly, out of 54 cases in the state, 22 cases have been found in Mumbai.
Four new cases of the Omicron type of coronavirus were also reported in Gujarat on Monday.
A 45-year-old NRI and a teenage boy who has come from the UK, a woman from Surat who had recently traveled to Dubai and a Tanzanian national are new patients of the Omicron variant in Gujarat.
According to the press release issued by the state health department, the non-resident Indian tested positive for COVID 19 in an RT-PCR test conducted at the Ahmedabad International Airport soon after his arrival from the UK on December 15.
Anand district health officer Dr MT Chhari told PTI, “The man’s sample was later found to be infected with the Omicron variant.”
He was scheduled to reach the state’s Anand city from Ahmedabad.
Dr. Chhari said, “But, after he tested positive for coronavirus, he was taken from the airport to the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. The patient is currently recovering at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.”
Much to the relief of the people of Gujarat, their co-travellers and other contacts have tested negative for the viral infection.
Gandhinagar Municipal Commissioner Dhaval Patel said the omicron variant was also detected in a 15-year-old Gandhinagar boy after his return from the UK.
The Tanzanian national who arrived in Ahmedabad via Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam was found negative in the RT-PCR test conducted at the airport. However, when he was tested again on reaching Rajkot, he was found positive on December 15, Rajkot collector Arun Mahesh Babu said.
“Genomic sequencing of his sample on Sunday confirmed him to be infected with the Omicron variant,” he said.
The Surat woman had gone to Dubai with her two sons and returned on December 5. On December 13, on his way back to Dubai, he tested positive for COVID-19 in the RT-PCR test conducted at Surat airport, health officials said.
The officer said all his contacts, including his son and daughter, have tested negative for the virus.
Omron in India
On Saturday, Maharashtra had reported eight more cases, raising Telangana’s tally from eight to 20, while Karnataka and Kerala reported six and four cases respectively.
Of the six cases reported in Karnataka on Saturday, one was a UK traveler, while five others were from COVID-19 clusters at two educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada district, officials said.
While Omicron was first reported in South Africa on 24 November, the first two cases of this heavily mutated version of the coronavirus in India were detected in Karnataka on 2 December.