Eight new cases of Omicron have been recorded in Maharashtra today, with seven from Mumbai and one from Vasai Virar on the outskirts of the city. They’ve never travelled internationally before, raising a concern over the community transmission of the new variant. Officials said one had travelled to Bangalore and the other to Delhi. All except one of the patients had been immunised.
With these latest cases of the strain that has sparked a worldwide outcry, the state now has 28 Omicron cases and India has 57.
Three patients are asymptomatic, while five have modest symptoms, according to the researchers, who added that three are women and five are men. Two of them have been admitted to the hospital, while the other six have been placed in home isolation.
Twelve cases are from Mumbai, ten from Pimpri Chinchwad, two from the Pune Municipal Corporation, and one each from Kalyan Dombivali, Nagpur, Latur, and Vasai Virar in Maharashtra.
In the last 24 hours, nine individuals infected with the “variant of concern” have been discharged after recovering, leaving 19 current cases.
Maharashtra, one of the worst-affected states by the coronavirus outbreak last year, was one of the first to propose new restrictions to stop the virus from spreading.
Maharashtra made institutional quarantine essential for all passengers from three “ultra-risk” countries – South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe – earlier this month.
While there will be no formal quarantine for passengers from “at-risk” countries, they will be required to pay for an RT-PCR test at the airport, according to the new rules.
Domestic travellers must show confirmation of double vaccination or a negative RT-PCR test report within 72 hours of boarding the plane.