On Sunday, seven additional samples were discovered to be contaminated with the Omicront form of Coronavirus illness in Maharashtra.
With this, the overall number of cases linked to the new strain in the state has risen to eight, with a total of 12 across the country.
A 44-year-old woman, her two daughters, her brother, and his two daughters were among those whose samples tested positive for the new variety. They had travelled from Nigeria to Pimpri-Chinchwad, near Pune. A 47-year-old guy who had visited Finland last month tested positive for the new strain as well.
Four people who returned from international tours, as well as three of their close contacts, tested positive for the Omicron type, according to a health official in Pune.
Karnataka reported the first two instances of Omicron, which was first discovered in South Africa. The third and fourth cases of the virus were recorded on Saturday in Jamnagar, Gujarat, and Dombivli, Maharashtra, respectively.
A Tanzanian returnee in Delhi was the fifth person to test positive for the variation.
The first case of B.1.1.529 infection was reported from South Africa on November 25, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This was taken from a sample taken on November 9th. Soon after, the strain was dubbed Omicron and classed as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.
Hundreds of countries have placed travel restrictions on southern African countries since then, despite the fact that the variation has been proven in 23 countries. The numbers are expected to climb, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
India has also added numerous nations to the list of countries from which visitors will need to take extra precautions upon arrival, including post-arrival infection testing.
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