Maharashtra: 7 more Omicron cases found, total number in state goes up to 8

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Mumbai: Seven more cases of Omicron variant of Covid have been detected in Maharashtra, raising the total number of such patients to 8, according to the government officials.

Giving details, the officials said a 44-year-old woman who had come from Lagos in Nigeria on November 24 to meet her brother in Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal area of Maharashtra, her two daughters accompanying her, the brother and his two daughters have been tested positive for Omicron variant.

A 47-year-old man from Pune has also tested positive for the Omicron variant,
as reported by the National Chemical Laboratory.

The total number of Omicron positive patients in the state are now 8.

Details of patients in Pimpri-Chinchwad:
• Three out of six have come from Nigeria and the rest are their close contacts
• The 44-year-old woman, a Nigerian citizen of Indian origin, and her daughters, 12 and
18 years old, have come to meet her brother to Pimpri-Chinchwad on 24th November

• 13 contacts of these three women were traced and tested, and her 45-year-old
brother with his daughters, 7 and 1.5 years old, have also tested positive.

The Omicron variant has been found in all three contacts.

• The Nigerian woman has mild symptoms and other five have no symptoms at all.

• Out of the six people, three are under 18 years of age and therefore have not taken
any vaccine.

The three adults have taken both doses of vaccine – 2 have taken Covishield and 1 has taken Covaxin.

• All these patients are being treated at the Jijamata Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad and
are stable.

Details of the patient in Pune:
• A patient was found positive for Omicron variant in Pune through routine surveillance.
He had visited Finland from 18th to 25th November 2021.

He was tested owing to mild fever on 29th November and was found Covid positive.

He has taken both doses of Covishield vaccine and he is completely stable without any symptoms.

Field surveillance of all international passengers who have arrived since 1st November is underway.

Through airport and field surveillance, 30 samples have been sent for genomic sequencing.

Genetic changes/mutation in viruses is a natural phenomenon and people should not panic.

The Public Health Department appeals to the citizens that they should follow Covid appropriate behaviour, inform the Public Health Department authorities if they have had an
international travel history in the last month and those who have not taken Covid-19 vaccine or have had only one dose should complete their vaccination at the earliest.