Mumbai: Two extra instances of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in Maharashtra`s Mumbai, taking the entire tally of the brand new COVID-19 variant within the state to 10. With this, the entire variety of Omicron instances reported within the nation has risen to 23.
A 37-year-old man who arrived in Mumbai from South Africa and his 36-year-old feminine pal who landed within the metropolis from america have each examined constructive for Omicron.
As per the Maharashtra authorities, each the sufferers displayed no signs and had been vaccinated with Pfizer`s COVID-19 vaccine. Till now, 5 high-risk and 315 low-risk contacts of the sufferers have been traced. Additional tracing is at present underway, the state authorities stated.
The primary two instances of the Omicron variant had been reported within the nation in Karnataka, adopted by one in Gujarat`s Jamnagar after which one other in Maharashtra`s Dombivili.
On Sunday, seven instances had been reported in Maharashtra`s Pune district, of which six belonged to the identical household.
In Jaipur, 9 instances of the Omicron COVID variant had been confirmed. On December 5, Delhi reported its first case of Omicron after a person who arrived from Tanzania was discovered contaminated with the virus. He was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital within the nationwide capital.
The brand new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Well being Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the primary identified confirmed B.1.1.529 an infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this 12 months.
On November 26, the WHO named the brand new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as `Omicron`. The WHO has categorized Omicron as a `variant of concern`.