Maharashtra today recorded eight more Omicron cases with seven reported from Mumbai and one from the city suburb – Vasai Virar. None of them have any international travel history. However, one went to Bangalore and another to Delhi, officials told NDTV. All but one patient was vaccinated.
With the new cases of this strain causing a global alarm, the total number of Omicrons in the state is now 28 and that of India at 57.
Between the ages of 24 and 41, three patients were asymptomatic while five had mild symptoms, they added, three were women and five were men. Two of them have been hospitalized while six are in home isolation.
Of the 28 cases in Maharashtra, 12 are from Mumbai, 10 are from Pimpri Chinchwad, two are from Pune Municipal Corporation and one each from Kalyan Dombivali, Nagpur, Latur and Vasai Virar.
Nine patients, infected with the “variant of concern” were discharged after recovering in the last 24 hours, leaving 19 active cases.
Maharashtra, one of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus since the outbreak last year, was among the first to announce new containment measures to stem the spread.
Earlier this month, Maharashtra introduced a mandatory quarantine for all passengers from three “extremely dangerous” countries – South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The new rules say: While there is no organization to quarantine passengers from “at-risk” countries, they will have to undergo an RT-PCR test at the airport at their expense.
Domestic passengers must provide proof of double vaccination or report a negative RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of boarding.