Bengaluru / New Delhi:
Karnataka, Delhi and Gujarat together on Thursday reported 10 recent cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, bringing the nationwide figure for this strain to 83, although the national capital with a total of 85 new COVID-19 cases recorded its highest single-day increase in last 137 days.
Karnataka, Delhi and Gujarat reported five, four and one fresh case of the Omicron variant to take the total number to eight, ten and five, respectively, according to an inventory of the new infections from the states.
Meanwhile, Union Interior Minister Ajay Bhalla reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country and the readiness of the health infrastructure in all the territories of the Union, according to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
Maharashtra has so far reported the highest number of Omicron cases at 32, followed by Rajasthan at 17. These cases have also been reported in the states of Karnataka, 8, Gujarat, 5, Kerala, 5, Telangana, 2, Tamil Nadu, 1, West Bengal , 1, and Andhra Pradesh, 1, and Union Territories of Delhi, 10, and Chandigarh, 1. The country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant were discovered in Karnataka on 2 December.
Karnataka’s health minister, K Sudhakar, said five more cases of the Omicron variant were detected in the state to take its numbers for the new strain to eight.
“Five more cases of Omicron have been discovered in Karnataka today: 19-year-old man returning from the UK, 36-year-old man returning from Delhi, 70-year-old woman returning from Delhi, 52- year-old man returning from Nigeria, 33-year-old man returning from South Africa Mr. Sudhakar tweeted.
The country’s first two Omicron cases – a South African citizen who has left the country and the other a local person, a doctor with no travel history – were discovered in Bengaluru.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the Omicron variant was detected in 10 people so far in the national capital, and none of them have developed “serious” disease.
He said 40 people are currently hospitalized at the special facility at Lok Nayak Hospital, which is intended to isolate and treat suspected Omicron cases. Of those, 38 are COVID-positive.
“Ten Omicron cases have been discovered in Delhi so far. One of them has been discharged,” Jain told reporters.
There has been no “serious” case so far, he said.
The Minister said that many international travelers become COVID-positive on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
“Eight such people were hospitalized today (Thursday),” he added.
On Tuesday, Jain had said that the Omicron variant of coronavirus has not spread in the community so far and that the situation is under control.
On August 1 this year, Delhi had registered 85 COVID-19 cases with a positivity of 0.12 percent along with one death. It was on June 29, when the positivity rate was recorded at 0.15 percent, that the number of fresh cases stood at 101 and four deaths were reported.
The 85 cases recorded on Thursday came out of 56,027 tests, including 50,879 RTPCR tests, and there were no deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Delhi, according to data from the Delhi Health Government.
There are currently 475 active cases of coronavirus in the national capital, which includes nine cases of the Omicron variant.
Regarding the increase in COVID cases, a chief physician from the government-run GTB hospital in Delhi, who requested anonymity, said, “The last three to four months have gone smoothly, but the increase in cases was imminent.
“Across the world, there is an increase in cases, and some countries have even introduced lockdown. People only wake up when they see an increase in cases. It is important that people wear masks and maintain social distancing, because cases are expected to increase. . again. ” In Gujarat, a 41-year-old female health worker was found infected with the Omicron variant in a village in Vijapur tehsil in Mehsana district on Thursday, officials said.
“The woman serves as an accredited social health activist (ASHA). She has no history of traveling abroad, but she recently came in contact with her relatives who had arrived from Zimbabwe, one of the ‘vulnerable’ countries,” Chief District Health Officer Dr. Vishnubhai Patel said.
She is currently being treated at an isolation ward set up at a state hospital in Vadnagar city of Mehsana and her condition is stable, he said.
“The woman recently lost her husband to cancer. To attend the condolence meeting, her husband’s older brother and his wife came from Zimbabwe last month. Both tested negative for COVID-19 in all three tests performed on them,” he added. Patel.
But authorities decided to conduct contact tracing as a precautionary measure, and the woman was found positive for coronavirus on December 10, after which her samples were sent to the Gandhinagar-based Gujarat Biotechnology Research Center (GBRC) for genome sequencing, the official said. .
“The woman’s genome sequencing on Thursday determined that she is infected with the Omicron strain. Her mother-in-law and another relative who came in contact with her were also tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. We have sent their samples to GBRC to know if they are also infected with this variant, “said Patel.
In Kerala, Health Minister Veena George said those who have come from abroad and have been asked to practice self-observation, according to central government guidelines, should not be complacent about doing so.
The minister said at a high-level meeting that such individuals should avoid social interactions, crowded venues, theaters and shopping malls and should wear an N-95 mask if they go out, according to a state government statement.
She also said that such persons should observe if they have symptoms and if they show symptoms, they should immediately quarantine themselves and inform the health personnel.
The decision was made after a person who had come from Congo, a non-high-risk African nation, tested positive for Omicron and now has a large contact list as he went to malls and restaurants instead of practicing self-observation.
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