9 Cases of Omicron Reported in Jaipur, New COVID Variant Cases in India Rise to 21

Earlier in the day, seven cases were reported from Pune in Maharashtra and one in Delhi.

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Jaipur: Four members of a family, who recently returned from South Africa, and their five acquaintances have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Jaipur, officials said on Sunday, reported various news platforms. With this, total Omicron cases in India rose to 21.

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Genome sequencing has confirmed that the nine people have been infected with the new variant, Rajasthan Health Secretary Vaibhav Galriya said. He said the family of four has already been admitted to the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) Hospital in Pratap Nagar. Five acquaintances, who came in contact with them, are also being admitted to the hospital, the official said.

Galriya said samples of 34 people were collected out of which these nine tested positive for the Omicron variant. The remaining 25 people were negative, he added. He said a family from Ajitgarh in Sikar district had also come in contact with the family that returned from South Africa but the department traced the eight members and all of them tested negative for coronavirus. The officer said contact tracing is being carried out on a large scale.

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Earlier in the day, seven cases were reported from Pune in Maharashtra and one in Delhi. Maharashtra saw its first case on Saturday after a 33-year-old man from Kalyan Dombivli tested positive for the new variant of COVID-19.

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The first two cases in country were reported from Bengaluru and a third from Jamnagar in Gujarat. All the cases reported so far have foreign travel history, mostly linked to South Africa, where the new variant was identified first by scientists.

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Published Date:December 5, 2021 8:07 PM IST

Updated Date:December 5, 2021 11:55 PM IST

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