Omicron count in India rises to 83 after 10 new cases reported
Bangalore / New Delhi:
Karnataka, Delhi and Gujarat together reported 10 new cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus today, bringing the national total of this strain to 83 even as the nation’s capital with a total of 85 new cases of COVID-19 has recorded its largest single-day increase over the past 137 days.
Karnataka, Delhi and Gujarat have reported five, four and one new cases of the Omicron variant to bring the total to eight, ten and five respectively, according to a tally of new infections from the states.
The Union Minister of the Interior, Ajay Bhalla, for his part reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country and the preparedness of the health infrastructures of all the territories of the Union, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior.
Maharashtra has so far reported the highest number of Omicron cases at 32, followed by Rajasthan at 17. These cases have also been reported in the states of Karnataka, 8, Gujarat, 5, Kerala, 5, Telangana, 2, Tamil Nadu, 1, West Bengal, 1 and Andhra Pradesh, 1 and Union Territories of Delhi, 10, and Chandigarh, 1. The country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka on December 2 .
Karnataka’s Health Minister K Sudhakar said five more cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in the state, bringing the number of the new strain to eight.
“Five other cases of Omicron were detected in Karnataka today: a 19 year old man returning from the UK, a 36 year old man returning from Delhi, a 70 year old woman returning from Delhi, a man from 52-year-old man from Nigeria, 33-year-old man from South Africa. Sudhakar tweeted.
The country’s first two Omicron cases – a South African national who left the country and the other a local person, a doctor with no travel history – have been detected in Bengaluru.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the Omicron variant had so far been detected in 10 people in the nation’s capital and none of them had developed “serious” illness.
He said 40 people are currently being admitted to the special facility at Lok Nayak Hospital intended to isolate and treat suspected cases of Omicron. Among them, 38 are positive for COVID.
“Ten cases of Omicron have been detected in Delhi so far. One of them has been released,” Jain told reporters.
There have been no “serious” cases so far, he said.
The minister said many international travelers test positive for COVID upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
“Eight of these people were admitted to hospital today (Thursday),” he added.
On Tuesday, Jain said the Omicron variant of the coronavirus had not yet spread in the community and the situation was under control.
As of August 1 of this year, Delhi had registered 85 cases of COVID-19 at a positivity rate of 0.12% as well as one death. It was on June 29, when the positivity rate was recorded at 0.15%, that the number of new cases stood at 101 and four deaths were reported.
The 85 cases that were recorded on Thursday came from 56,027 tests, including 50,879 RTPCR tests, and there have been no deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Delhi, according to government data. Delhi Health.
There are currently 475 active cases of the coronavirus in the nation’s capital, including nine cases of the Omicron variant.
On the rise in COVID cases, a chief medical officer at the Delhi government-run GTB hospital, on condition of anonymity, said: “The past three or four months have been going well, but the surge in cases was imminent.
“Around the world, a spike in cases is being seen and some countries have even imposed lockdowns. People only wake up when they see an increase in cases. It is essential that people wear masks and maintain social distancing. as the cases are expected to increase further. ” In Gujarat, a 41-year-old female health worker was found infected with the Omicron variant on Thursday in a village in Vijapur tehsil in Mehsana district, officials said.
“The woman is an accredited social health activist (ASHA). She has no history of traveling overseas, but she recently came into contact with family members who had arrived from Zimbabwe, one countries “at risk”, “he added. District health officer Dr Vishnubhai Patel said.
She is currently undergoing treatment in an isolation ward set up in a public hospital in Vadnagar town in Mehsana and her condition is stable, he said.
“The woman recently lost her husband to cancer. To attend the condolence meeting, her husband’s older brother and his wife traveled from Zimbabwe last month. Both tested negative for COVID-19 in all three tests done on them, ”Patel added. .
But authorities decided to trace the contacts as a precaution and the woman was found positive for the coronavirus on December 10, after which her samples were sent to the Gandhinagar-based Gujarat Biotechnology Research Center (GBRC) for genome sequencing. , said the official. .
“Sequencing of the woman’s genome on Thursday established that she is infected with the Omicron strain. Her mother-in-law and another relative, who came in contact with her, also tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. We also tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. sent their samples to the GBRC to find out if they are also infected with this variant, ”Patel said.
In Kerala, Health Minister Veena George said those who have come from abroad and who have been asked to practice self-observation, in accordance with central government guidelines, should not be satisfied with do it.
The minister, at a high-level meeting, said those people should avoid social interactions, crowded places, theaters and shopping malls and should wear an N-95 mask if they go out, according to a government statement. of State.
She also said those people should observe if they have symptoms and if they do have symptoms, they should immediately quarantine themselves and notify health workers.
The move came after someone from the Congo, a low-risk African nation, tested positive for Omicron and now has a long list of contacts as they walked to malls and restaurants instead of practicing self-observation.
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