• Omicron cases rising in India, total 38 detected till now


    New Delhi: India’s total caseload of the Omicron Covid-19 variant is rising each day. The tally rose to 38 on Sunday after Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh and Kerala reported their first infections and Maharashtra and Karnataka also recorded one each of the latest coronavirus variants.

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    The World Health Organisation (WGO) has said the new Omicron coronavirus strain has been found in 63 countries and will surpass the Delta variant in spreading speed.

    A recent returnee from Italy tested positive for Omicron in Chandigarh yesterday. The 20-year-old man who is fully vaccinated, came from Italy to visit his relatives here.

    Kerala Health Minister Veena George said the first case of Covid-19 variant Omicron has been confirmed in the state. In a video posted on her Facebook page, the minister said that the patient was a Kerala native who recently came from the United Kingdom. The patient’s condition is stable and there was no need to panic as the government was taking all necessary steps to curb the spread of the new variant of the virus, she said.

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