In the latest, as many as nine people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Rajasthan’s Jaipur district, officials said on Sunday. The country’s tally now jumped to 21.
Earlier, seven new cases of the new Omicron variant were detected in Maharashtra on Sunday. The public health department, said, “Seven more people test positive for Omicron variant of COVID19 in Maharashtra. Total 8 cases of Omicron variant reported in Maharashtra till now.”
The health department added, “A 44-year-old woman who returned from Nigeria on November 24 and five of her relatives have tested positive for omicron variant. These cases are reported from Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune.”
One person aged 47-year from Pune city has also tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. There are eight active cases in the state including one from Kalyan Dombiwali, 6 from Pimpri Chinchwad and 1 from Pune city.
With this, Maharashtra’s Omicron tally has gone up to eight. Delhi on Sunday reported its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that a man of Indian origin had come to Delhi from Tanzania a few days ago and was infected with the Omicron variant. Earlier, cases were found in Maharashtra’s Dombivli, Gujarat, and two in Karnataka.
India’s COVID Tally
India reported 8,306 new cases and 8,834 recoveries in the last 24 hours, 6.6 per cent lower than yesterday, informed Union Health Ministry on Monday.
At least 211 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, increasing the total reported death count to 4,73,537. India’s recovery rate now stands at 98.35 per cent.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 8,86,263 samples were tested on Sunday. Total 64,82,59,067 samples have been tested up to December 5.
Moreover, amid concern over the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ and possible third wave, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that the state has instructed medical colleges across the state to make necessary preparations for every possibility.
The new variant of COVID was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.