Omicron variant: 2 fresh cases of infection in Mumbai
India’s total Omicron variant of Coronavirus cases jumped to 23 on Monday, with two more people testing positive for the infection in Mumbai, with Maharashtra’s Omicron cases rising to 10. Both the patients had taken Pfizer’s Covid vaccine and had no symptoms. They are presently admitted at the Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai.
As per the report by the National Institute of Virology, with the new 2 cases that were detected in Mumbai, Maharashtra now has 10 active cases of Omicron.
The 37-year-old man, who tested positive for the new variant, had returned from South Africa’s Johannesburg on November 25. His 36-year-old friend, who had returned from the United States on November 25 has also tested positive for the Omicron variant. Five high-risk and 315 low-risk contacts of both the patients have been traced, and further tracing is currently underway.
Amongst the cases detected in Maharashtra so far, four children are found with active Omicron variant.
Amid the Omicron scare, Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation chief Vijay Suryavanshi on Monday said 109 out of 295 recent foreign returnees to the township in Thane district were untraceable currently. He said the mobile phones of some of these people were switched off while many of the last given addresses were found to be locked.
Earlier, reports had suggested that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Task Force today to take a decision on additional restrictions. State minister Aditya Thackeray also suggested that corporate offices should conduct RT-PCR tests every week.
In India, The first two cases of Omicron were reported in Karnataka, followed by one in Gujarat’s Jamnagar and another in Maharashtra. Pune reported seven more cases followed by Rajasthan’s Jaipur confirming nine cases of the Omicron variant.
Meanwhile, in view of the rising concerns over the new variant, field surveillance of all international passengers who have arrived since November 1 is underway. Through airport and field surveillance, 34 samples have been sent for genomic sequencing.
The Public Health Department has also appealed to the citizens to follow Covid-appropriate behavior.
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