India’s Omicron tally is steadily rising with new cases of variation in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Delhi. Seven in Maharashtra, nine in Jaipur, and a man in Delhi were found positive with the variant, taking the total count in the country to 21.
A woman and her two daughters who went from Nigeria, her sibling and his two girls in Pimpri Chinchwad – a township near Pune – and one male who traveled from Finland have tested positive for the new variant in Maharashtra.
The nine patients in Jaipur are from the same family and have as of late got back from South Africa.
A 37-year-elderly person who showed up in Delhi from Tanzania tried positive for the Omicron variation recently.
A case in Rajasthan and more cases in Delhi have also been reported for, said officials. The respective state governments will release the details on the same.
The first two instances of Omicron in Quite a while were accounted for from Karnataka recently. The other two cases were distinguished from Gujarat and Maharashtra. With seven new cases, the Omicron cases in Maharashtra have risen to 8.
“PM sahib, please stop the flights”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged. The Chief Minister had also written a letter to the Prime Minister saying the same.
Omicron, first detected in South Africa on November 25, has been described as a “variant of concern” by the WHO.
Global airports across India are seriously screening and testing all passengers from ‘at-risk’ countries. In line with central guidelines, all passengers from such countries have to take RT-PCR tests on arrival. The test result has to be negative in order to leave the airport.
The list of countries deemed “at-risk” for now includes the United Kingdom, all 44 countries in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel.
Researchers are still checking if Omicron is more lethal and if current vaccines offer protection.