In India, the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is rapidly spreading with the number of patients getting infected with the novel coronavirus type being raised to 21 in the last week. On Sunday, genomic sequencing verified 17 new cases of the newly discovered variation across India, bringing the total number of such infections in India to 21, the government officials said on Monday.
The largest cluster, according to state officials, was in Jaipur, where nine persons were verified to be infected with Omicron, including four members of a family who had recently returned from South Africa and five of their cousins.
Seven patients were confirmed infected with the Omicron variant in Pimpri-Chinchwad, on the outskirts of Pune, in the second large Omicron cluster discovered on Sunday. Officials said the victims include a 44-year-old Nigerian woman of Indian ancestry, her two daughters, her brother, and his two daughters.
Aside from these two, clusters consisting of a single illness were discovered in Pune and Delhi on Sunday. According to state officials, the illness in Pune was reported in a 47-year-old male who travelled to Finland last month, while the patient in Delhi had a travel history to Tanzania.
This brings the total number of new cases in the country to 21.
Meanwhile, experts underlined that the strictness with which authorities handle the way cases are discovered, tracked, and isolated would continue to define efforts to restrict the spread and the risk of new clusters forming.
With the emergence of this variant, Covid19 appropriate behaviour has become even more important. As the source of this variant is from outside the country, effective screening is required. The chance of having more Omicron clusters is not very high right now, the government officials said.
Meanwhile, the medical experts in India said that the type and condition of individual immunity, as well as how strictly we as a community stick to the Covid procedures, will determine how many individuals get affected, how many will require hospitalisation, and how many will succumb to the infection.
“Even if the percentage of persons infected or complications is modest, with increasing transmission, the absolute numbers could be overwhelming”, they said.