India’s total number of Omicron cases rose to 21 as 17 more test positive with Omicron variant

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Upwards of 17 new Omicron cases were accounted for now with nine people from Rajasthan, seven from Maharashtra and one from Delhi testing positive for the new Covid-19 variation, taking the count to 21 in the country.

With this, four states and the public capital have now revealed instances of the conceivably more infectious variation. The greatest cases were accounted for from Jaipur where nine people, including four of a family, tried positive. Wellbeing Secretary Vaibhav Galriya said a few patients had travel history of South Africa.

Maharashtra wellbeing authorities affirmed the seven new cases after one identified yesterday. They said a lady and her two girls who got back from Nigeria; the lady’s sibling and his two girls in Pune and a man who got back from Finland had been recognized Omicron positive. Recently, a 37-year-elderly person who got back to Delhi from Tanzania tried positive, making him the principal Omicron case in the National Capital. India had on Saturday seen two new cases — one each in Maharashtra and Gujarat. In the mean time, the WHO said today that Omicron had been distinguished in 38 nations across each of the six WHO Regions, including South-East Asia of which India is a part.

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“We do see expanding patterns in Omicron in South Africa. So there is an idea that there is expanded contagiousness,” said WHO’s specialized lead on Covid-19 Maria Van Kerkhove.

“The Delta variation is as yet predominant around the world. That is essential to remember. We want to perceive how Omicron contrasts and Delta when they are both flowing in the populace simultaneously. So it will require a couple of more days for us to get that data,” Kerkhove said.

Researchers, in the interim, alluded to early investigations from South Africa that propose milder sickness with Omicron as against serious infection with Delta.

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