T'gana & WB report 1st Omicron cases, India's total tally at 70
Millennium Post Delhi|December 16, 2021
‘Jan-Feb may see surge of new variant, but cases may be mild’

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI/ HYDERABAD: Telangana and West Bengal reported their first cases of the Omicron variant of Covid on Wednesday, while four more persons tested positive in Maharashtra.

So far, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 32, followed by Rajasthan at 17. Omicron cases have also been reported in Karnataka (3), Gujarat (4), Kerala (1), Telangana (2), West Bengal (1) and Andhra Pradesh (1) and Union Territories of Delhi (8) and Chandigarh (1). With this, the tally of the Omicron variant cases in the country has risen to 70.

A 24-year-old woman from Kenya and a 23-year-old man from Somalia, who landed in Hyderabad on December 12, have tested positive for the variant, a Telangana health official said on Wednesday.

State Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao told reporters that the two foreign nationals were asymptomatic.

Though they did not come from ‘at risk’ countries, their samples were randomly collected and sent for genome sequencing in line with the protocols.

The two close contacts of the Kenyan woman have been identified and their samples sent for Covid testing. She was admitted to the state-run Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) in the city.

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