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In India, there are 38 cases of Omicron; infections have been reported in six states and two union territories.

On Sunday, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, and Kerala reported their first Omicron illnesses, while Maharashtra and Karnataka each reported one case of the newest coronavirus type.

All five Omicron patients, according to officials, came from other nations. Maharashtra (18), Rajasthan (9), Karnataka (3), Gujarat (3), Kerala (1), and Andhra Pradesh (1), as well as the Union territories of Delhi (2) and Chandigarh (1), have all detected Omicron (1).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the new Omicron coronavirus strain has been discovered in 63 countries and will spread faster than the Delta variety.

The WHO further stated that the reason for the new strain’s rapid spread is unknown, adding that the Omicron form may diminish the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccinations. It is, however, less harmful than Delta, according to the report.

Here are key points:

  • A 20-year-old completely vaccinated guy who travelled to Chandigarh from Italy to meet his relatives tested positive for Omicron, according to health officials. The individual arrived in India on November 22 and is being held in a quarantine facility.
  • He “has now tested as Covid negative today,” according to the health service, but his five family connections have tested positive for the virus. It’s unclear whether they’re infected with the Omicron variety as well.
  • His seven high-risk family members were quarantined and tested for Covid-19 using an RT-PCR method. “Five of these have tested positive, while one has tested negative. “One family member’s report is pending,” the statement read.
  • A 34-year-old international visitor tested positive for the variation after travelling from Ireland to Mumbai and then to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The person, who arrived in Mumbai from Ireland, was tested and determined to be Covid-19 negative, according to the Andhra Pradesh health department. On November 27, he was permitted to fly to Visakhapatnam.
  • In Vizianagaram, he tested positive in the second RT-PCR test, and his sample was submitted to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad for genome sequencing, with an Omicron positive result. However, the individual had no symptoms, and a re-test on December 11 revealed that he was COVID-19 negative.
  • The patient is a Kerala citizen who recently returned from the United Kingdom, according to Kerala Health Minister Veena George. The patient’s condition has not deteriorated.
  • In Karnataka, a 34-year-old man returned from South Africa and became the third person to test positive for the Covid-19 strain. He is being treated in a government hospital in isolation.
  • After returning to Nagpur in Maharashtra from a West African country, a 40-year-old male tested positive, bringing the state’s total of Omicron cases to 18.
  • The Omicron variant was initially discovered in Bengaluru, when two people, a South African national of Indian descent and a doctor, tested positive.
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