On Saturday, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, and Telangana reported 30 new cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. On Friday, there were 26 new Omicron cases in the country, 14 on Thursday, and 12 infections on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Omicron cases have now been found in 12 states and union territories: Maharashtra has 48 cases, Delhi has 22, Telangana has 20, Rajasthan has 17, Karnataka has 14, Kerala has 11, Gujarat has 9, Uttar Pradesh has 2, and Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal each have one.
A non-resident Indian (NRI) tested positive for Omicron in an RT-PCR test conducted at the Ahmedabad international airport shortly after his arrival from the United Kingdom on December 15, according to a Gujarat health department official.
“The man’s sample was later discovered to be contaminated with the Omicron variant,” said Dr. MT Chhari of the Anand district health office, adding that he was expected to travel to Anand city from Ahmedabad.
“He was transferred from the airport to the Ahmedabad city hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. The patient is currently healing at the civic hospital in Ahmedabad “Dr. Chhari explained.
He went on to say that the man’s co-passengers and other contacts had tested negative for the virus.
After returning from the UK, a 15-year-old boy from Gandhinagar was also found to have the Omicron variant, according to Gandhinagar municipal commissioner Dhaval Patel.
On Saturday, Maharashtra reported eight more Omicron cases, Telangana 12, and Karnataka and Kerala, respectively, six and four infections.
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Maharashtra recorded eight Omicron variant illnesses on Saturday, bringing the total number of such cases in the state to 48, according to the health department. After testing negative for Covid-19 in subsequent tests, 28 of these individuals have already recovered or been discharged, according to the report.
On Saturday, 12 more persons tested positive for the Omicron strain, bringing the total number of Omicron cases in Telangana to 20. The state health agency noted in a bulletin that two of the 12 new cases were travelers from countries designated by the Center as “at risk,” while the other ten were from other countries.
Officials in Karnataka said one of the six cases reported on Saturday was a British passenger, and the other five were from Covid-19 clusters at two educational institutions in the Dakshina Kannada area. In Kerala, two cases of Omicron were discovered in patients aged 17 and 44 in Thiruvananthapuram. In Malappuram, a 37-year-old patient was infected with Omicron, as was a 49-year-old patient in the Thrissur district.