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Omicron variant: 7 more cases reported from Maharashtra, 12 cases in India now

Four people who returned from foreign tours and three of their close contacts tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Mahrashtra.

Earlier in the day, a 37-year-old man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania had also tested positive for Omicron taking the total cases in the country to 12. He is currently admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital with has mild symptoms.

“The patient is an Indian and had returned from Tanzania. He was admitted to the hospital on December 2 with mild symptoms sore throat, fever and body ache,” Medical Director Suresh Kumar said.

The Delhi health minister said banning international flights is the most effective way to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.

It is being reported that the gestational period in case of Omicron could be more than other variants. This means an infected person may go undetected at the airport All the cases have come from affected foreign countries. The central government should take it seriously, he said.

Jain said that there is a 99 percent chance that the mask can save people from all COVID-19 variants, be it Alpha, Beta, Delta or Omicron.

Experts have been saying that the third wave of COVID-19 can hit the country in January-February. It can be prevented if everybody wears a mask, he said.

The country reported the first two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Thursday in Karnataka – a 66-year-old South African flyer and a 46-year-old Bengaluru doctor with no travel history. Both men are fully vaccinated.

On Saturday, a 72-year-old NRI man from Gujarat and a 33-year-old man from Maharashtra tested positive for the new strain.

According to the Centre, the countries designated as “at-risk” are European countries, including the UK, and South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Under the new norms, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers arriving from the “at-risk” countries and they will be allowed to leave the airport only after the results come.

Also, two percent of the passengers arriving on flights from other countries will be subjected to the test randomly.

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