Maharashtra today registered eight more cases of Omicron, seven of which were reported from Mumbai and one from the outskirts of the big city – Vasai Virar. None of them have any history of international travel. However, one had traveled to Bangalore and another to Delhi, officials told NDTV. All but one patient were vaccinated.
With these new cases of the strain that have triggered a global alarm, the state’s total Omicron numbers now stand at 28 and India’s at 57.
Between the ages of 24 and 41, three patients are asymptomatic, while five have mild symptoms, they said, adding that three are women and five are men. Two of them have been hospitalized while six are in home isolation.
Of the 28 cases in Maharashtra, 12 are from Mumbai, 10 from Pimpri Chinchwad, two from Pune Municipal Corporation, and one from each from Kalyan Dombivali, Nagpur, Latur and Vasai Virar.
Nine patients, infected with the “variant of concern”, have been discharged after recovery within the last 24 hours, leaving 19 active cases.
Maharashtra, one of the worst-affected states of coronavirus since the outbreak last year, was one of the first states to announce new brakes to stop the spread.
Earlier this month, Maharashtra had made institutional quarantine mandatory for all passengers from three “ultra-risk” nations – South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Although there is no institutional quarantine for passengers from “vulnerable” nations, they will have to undergo an RT-PCR test at the airport paid for by them, the new rules state.
Domestic passengers must provide proof of double vaccination or negative report of an RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of boarding the flight.