7 more Omicron cases detected in Maharashtra, tally rises to 8

Mumbai: As many as seven more people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Maharashtra.

Confirming about the development, the State Public Health Department said that seven more people have tested positive for Omicron taking the total tally in the State to 8.

While three infectees arrived here from Lagos, Nigeria, one had recently travelled to Finland, and three others are their close contacts who have tested positive for Omicron.

According to the officials, a 44-year-old woman, a Nigerian citizen of Indian origin, along with her two daughters, aged 18 and 12, arrived here on November 24.

The woman had come to meet her elder brother, 45 and his two daughters, aged 7 years and 18 months.

All 6 members of the two families have now tested positive – the two siblings and their four daughters – including 3 minors.

The brother and sister and her adult daughter are fully vaccinated, but only the 44-year-old Nigerian woman has displayed symptoms.

The seventh person had recently visited Finland from November 18-25 and four days after arrival complained of mild fever. He had taken both doses of the vaccine and during the routine surveillance, has tested positive for Omicron.

All seven patients are currently under treatment at the Jijamata Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad, and their condition is described as stable.

The developments came a day after a 33-year-old man who flew down from Capetown in South Africa to Mumbai via Dubai and New Delhi tested positive on Saturday, sounding the alarm bells in the state health setup.

A resident of Dombivali town in Thane, he is currently under treatment at a Covid centre and his condition is said to be stable but all his contacts have tested negative.

The state health authorities have been keeping an eagle eye on other passengers arriving at the international airports in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur since December 1.

The state reported its first Omicron case yesterday after a 33-year-old man, who flew down from South Africa to Mumbai via Dubai and New Delhi, tested positive for the new variant of the deadly virus.

With the report of seven more Omicron cases, the tally in the country rose to 12 including 8 in Maharashtra alone. The first two cases were reported in Karnataka. Likewise, one each Omicron case was reported from Gujarat and Delhi.

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