Omicron cases in India crosses 1,700; Delhi and Maharashtra worst-hit

India reported 175 new cases of Omicron on Monday, taking the entire number of individuals infected with the seriously transformed Sars-Cov-2 virus across states in the country to 1,700.

The nastiest affected states include Maharashtra (460), Delhi (351), Gujarat (136), Tamil Nadu (117), and Kerala (109) that have reported at least 100 cases of the newly recognized and extremely contagious variant of concern.

India reported its first two Omicron cases on 2nd December.

Even though the central government revised international travel, testing, inhibition, and observation guidelines within worries over Omicron, states have also started aggressively executing measures to control the spread as Covid cases have started to increase at a steady rate with the fresh global flow.

Omicron cases in India
Omicron cases in India

Updated Omicron cases in states of India

  • At least 81% of the total Covid-19 cases reported over the past two days in the national capital Delhi were infected with the Omicron variant.
  • On Monday, 4,099 cases were reported from Delhi, with case positivity reaching almost 6.5%, representing a speedy spread.
  • Goa recorded four more cases of the Omicron variant with reports of samples sent to the lab of the National Institute of Virology (NIV)
  • Pune recurring on Monday. “One patient is from within Goa with no travel history indicating indigenous spread which needs to be further examined,” said Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane. With this, Goa’s total Omicron tally touched five.
  • The state also reported a huge spike in contagions, with 631 fresh cases reported while the new COVID cases crossed the 2,000 marks.
  • Maharashtra reported 68 cases of the Omicron variant. Of them, 40 from Mumbai, 17 from Pune, four from Nagpur, three from Panvel, and one each from Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Satara, and Kolhapur tested positive for the new variant.
  • The total number of Omicron cases reached 578 in the state. So far, 259 cases have been discharged following negative RT-PCR test reports.
  • Jammu & Kashmir has reported three Omicron positive cases. “Only three cases of the Omicron variant were identified in Jammu & Kashmir to date and all of them have recovered fully.
  • All three patients belonged to Jammu city. Two were women from the Talab Tillo area and the third one was a 15-year-old girl, a student of Class 10 at CRPF headquarters in Ban Talab. All three had no history of foreign travel,” said Dr. JP Singh, chief medical officer, Jammu.
  • In West Bengal, 20 Omicron cases were detected till Monday, out of which 14 are active.
  • On Monday, four international passengers two from Sweden and two from France were found to be Covid-19 positive. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing. The state health department is waiting for genome sequencing reports of 13 passengers as of now.
  • Kerala also reported 29 new Omicron cases on Monday, taking the total number of Omicron infected cases to 181. Among 29, at least two people have been infected locally.
  • The Haryana health department’s data showed 2,284 infections were reported between 27th December and 2nd January as compared to 436 the week before. The last the state recorded more than 1,500 infections in a week was during June 14-20 last year, when 1,557 infections were reported during the flow away period of the upsetting second wave.

India detained its first high-level conference to discuss measures that needed to be taken to deal with the seriously transformable novel variant Omicron soon after the World Health Organization declared Omicron a variant of concern on 27th November. South Africa publicized Omicron’s presence in its population to the world on 24th November.

According to experts Dr. GC Khilnani, former head, pulmonary medicine department, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi. “The way this new variant of COVID which is also known as Omicron spreading and the rising numbers of cases there is no surprise that this is spreading at the double rate from the Delta various. We will have to prepare for the best and keep all the hospitals ready for now, as even a minor proportion can be massive for a country like India,”

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