Seven new Omicron cases reported from Maharashtra, India’s tally up to 12

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The Maharashtra government said on Sunday that seven more people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19. This took the total number of Omicron cases detected in India up to 12.

The new patients include four adults, who were fully vaccinated, and three minors.

Among the seven people who have tested positive for Omicron is a 44-year-old woman from Lagos in Nigeria, who had come to Pimpri-Chinchwad on November 24 to visit her brother and two daughters. Samples of her 45-year-old brother and her two daughters, which were sent to National Institute of Virology, have also tested positive for Omicron. Her daughters are 7 years and 1.5 years old.

The new variant has also been detected in a 47-year-old man from Pune, a report by the National Chemical Laboratory has stated. The man had visited Finland last month and got tested recently after he had mild fever.

The woman from Nigeria has very mild symptoms and the other five are asymptomatic. All the patients are in stable condition as of now.

The total number of cases due to the Omicron variant in Maharashtra has now risen to eight. On Saturday, a 33-year-old who had travelled to India from Cape Town in South Africa had tested positive for Omicron in Mumbai.

The first two cases of Omicron in the country were reported from Bengaluru, of whom one has flown out of the country.

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