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Delhi reports first Omicron COVID-19 case; total cases increases to 5 in India

By Priyanka Verma 
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Delhi reports first Omicron COVID-19 case; total cases increases to 5 in India

Delhi has reported its first case of new COVID-19 Omicron variant on December 5, news agency ANI reported.

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“First omicron case detected in Delhi. The patient admitted to the LNJP Hospital had returned from Tanzania. Till now, 17 people (who come from abroad) have tested positive for Covid and they have been admitted to the hospital,” the report quoted Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain as saying.

This is the fifth case of Omicron in the country. The first two cases of Omicron were reported in Karnataka, while the third and the fourth case were reported from Gujarat’s Jamnagar and Maharashtra’s Dombivli respectively.

Fifteen suspected patients of Omicron, who flew in the national capital from “at risk” countries, were admitted to the Delhi government’s LNJP hospital on December 4. Of these, nine are confirmed coronavirus patients, while six have symptoms like sore throat, fever and history of contact with patients. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing.

Earlier this week, the Delhi government had designated the LNJP hospital for treatment of patients infected with the new Omicron variant of coronavirus. According to the Centre, the countries designated as “at-risk” include the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. According to the Centre, the countries designated as “at-risk” include the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

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Travellers from these “at-risk” countries are following additional measures on arrival in India from Tuesday midnight. Under the new norms, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers arriving from the “at-risk” countries and they will be allowed to leave the airport only after the results come. Under the new norms, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers arriving from the “at-risk” countries and they will be allowed to leave the airport only after the results come. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’.

A total of 8,895 new COVID cases that were logged today pushed the cumulative total to 3,46,33,255 and active tally to 99,155. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been less than 50,000 for 161 consecutive days now.

In the same time span, 6,918 discharges took the total recoveries to 3,40,60,774. The recovery rate in India is currently at 98.35%.

On Saturday, 8,603 COVID cases, 415 fatalities and 8,190 recoveries were reported in India.

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