The overall number of cases of the Omicron strain in India has risen to 213, according to a statement released by the Union health ministry on Wednesday. According to the ministry, 90 individuals have recovered from the variation thus far.
According to the ministry, Omicron has been found in 15 states and Union Territories (UTs). According to the ministry’s data, Delhi has the highest cases with 57, followed by Maharashtra with 54, Telangana with 24, and Karnataka with 19. Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal have reported the fewest Omicron instances, each with only one patient infected.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led administration in the national capital Delhi declared on Monday that all Covid-19 positive samples will be sent for genome sequencing to track Omicron’s spread. In Delhi, four private hospitals have been turned into specialized patient treatment centres.
On Tuesday, eleven more people in Maharashtra were determined to be infected with the variation. Eight of them were from Mumbai, the capital city. On the other side, Navi Mumbai reported its first case of Omicron on Tuesday, following the positive test of a 19-year-old who had been to Kenya on December 18.
The Maharashtra government has urged residents not to be alarmed by the development of Omicron, but to take all necessary precautions, including as wearing masks, social isolation, and getting vaccinated against Covid-19.
On Monday, Karnataka, India’s fourth-worst-affected state from Omicron, reported five new cases. These five patients’ travel history is unknown.
To avoid the spread of the variation, Karnataka’s chief minister, Basavaraj Bommai, announced on Tuesday that New Year celebrations will be limited across the state. The limitations will be in effect from December 30 to January 2 and will prohibit any special celebrations. Celebrations are permitted at restaurants and clubs with a sitting capacity of 50% or more, and full vaccination is required.
In the meantime, the central government has ordered states and UTs to open war rooms and continue to analyze even the tiniest trends and surges, as well as execute rigorous and swift containment operations at the local and district levels, in response to the Omicron crisis.
Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan issued a letter on Tuesday advising states to adopt measures such as night curfews and rigorous management of mass gatherings, among other things.
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