- India on Sunday reported 17 circumstances of Omicron variant
- India’s Omicron tally jumps to 21
- Now, 4 states and the nationwide capital have reported Omicron circumstances
India on Sunday reported 17 extra circumstances of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 – 9 individuals in Rajasthan capital Jaipur, seven in Maharashtra’s Pune district and a completely vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania – taking the tally to 21 within the nation. Most of those that examined optimistic both lately arrived from African international locations or had been in touch with such folks.
With this, 4 states and the nationwide capital have now reported circumstances of the possibly extra contagious variant which has sparked a contemporary alert internationally. The 9 individuals who examined optimistic in Jaipur embrace 4 members of a household who returned from South Africa lately.
“Genome sequencing has confirmed that 9 individuals are contaminated with the omicron variant,” Rajasthan well being secretary Vaibhav Galriya stated.
The brand new circumstances in Maharashtra embrace a lady who alongside along with her two daughters got here from Nigeria, her brother and a person who returned from Finland within the final week of November. The whole variety of confirmed Omicron circumstances in Maharashtra has gone as much as eight now.
In an announcement, the state well being division stated, “The 44-year-old, lady, who’s a Nigerian citizen of Indian origin, her daughters aged 18 and 12, arrived on November 24 from Lagos in Nigeria to satisfy her brother in Pimpri Chinchwad space.
“The lady, her two daughters, her 45-year-old brother and his two daughters aged 7 and one-and-a-half years, have examined optimistic for the Omicron variant as per the report given by the Pune-based Nationwide Institute of Virology (NIV).” Their 13 contacts had been traced and examined, it stated.
The nation reported the primary two circumstances of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Thursday in Karnataka — a 66-year-old South African flyer and a 46-year-old Bengaluru physician with no journey historical past. Each males are totally vaccinated.
On Saturday, a 72-year-old NRI from Gujarat and a 33-year-old man from Maharashtra’s Thane examined optimistic for the brand new pressure. The marine engineer, who had arrived in Delhi from South Africa on November 23 and had then taken a flight to Mumbai, is at the moment present process therapy at a COVID-19 care centre in Kalyan city, situated about 50 km from Maharashtra capital.
“He’s secure and responding nicely to therapy,” deputy director of well being providers, Mumbai circle, Dr Gauri Rathod instructed PTI.
The primary affected person to check optimistic for Omicron in Delhi is a 37-year-old resident of Ranchi who had travelled from Tanzania to Doha and from there to Delhi on a Qatar Airways flight on December 2. He stayed in Johannesburg, South Africa, for every week.
The particular person is “totally vaccinated” and is at the moment admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital with “gentle signs”. “He needed to take a connecting flight to Ranchi, the place he lives along with his household. Since he gave his pattern on the IGI Airport which got here out optimistic, we admitted him to LNJP hospital,” the official stated.
Authorities are attempting to find and isolate 10 individuals who occupied the seats near this passenger on the flight. Delhi’s Well being Minister Satyendar Jain stated 17 COVID-19 sufferers and 6 of their contacts have been admitted to the LNJP Hospital to this point.
“The Omicron variant has been present in one of many 12 samples despatched for genome sequencing to this point, in keeping with a preliminary report,” he stated “The affected person complained of sore throat, fever and physique ache. He’s secure now,” Medical Director Suresh Kumar stated.
The Delhi well being minister stated banning worldwide flights is the simplest technique to comprise the unfold of the Omicron variant at the same time as he appealed to folks to put on masks and take COVID-19 vaccine. He stated there’s a 99 p.c probability that the masks can save folks from all COVID-19 variants, be it Alpha, Beta, Delta or Omicron.
Beneath the brand new norms, RT-PCR assessments are necessary for passengers arriving from the “at-risk” international locations and they are going to be allowed to depart the airport solely after the outcomes come.
In accordance with the Centre, the international locations designated as “at-risk” are European international locations, together with the UK, and South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. Additionally, two p.c of the passengers arriving on flights from different international locations might be subjected to the take a look at randomly.
The brand new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Well being Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the primary identified confirmed B.1.1.529 an infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this 12 months.
The brand new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 international locations and their quantity is anticipated to rise, Director-Basic of the World Well being Group (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had stated.
India has additionally added a number of international locations to the record from the place travellers would want to comply with extra measures on arrival within the nation, together with post-arrival testing for an infection.
In the meantime, the Centre targets 100 per cent COVID-19 grownup vaccination below the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ program by December 31 as India achieved 50 per cent totally vaccinated grownup inhabitants landmark on Sunday. The states/Union Territories with greater than 50 per cent of the grownup inhabitants totally vaccinated are Andaman Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Tripura.