Two new cases of Omicron were reported in Mumbai, Maharashtra, on Monday, taking to a total of 10 cases registered so far in the State and 23 in India. According to reports, a man aged 37-years and his 36-years old female friend both arrived in Mumbai from South Africa and the USA, respectively, tested positive for Omicron.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian said seven people who arrived in Chennai and Tiruchirappalli airport from countries including Singapore, England and the US over the past week tested positive for Covid. Still, none of them was diagnosed with the new variant of concern.
The Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said there is a need to stop international flights given Omicron. So far, in Delhi, only one case has been tested Omicron positive. According to Jain, 27 international travellers were brought to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP), 17 tested positive, and 10 were their close contacts. In addition, Genome sequencing of 12 cases have been done, out of which the first Delhi’s Omicron case was confirmed.
Meanwhile, India has been continuing with its declining trend in daily Covid cases for the last ten days. The everyday infections have been less than 10,000 for the previous ten days in India, and on Monday, the country reported 8,306 Covid cases with 211 deaths.
Kerala contributed more than 53 per cent of the total Covid cases at 4,450, followed by Tamil Nadu at 724 and Maharashtra at 707. The cumulative death toll in India stood at 4.73 lakh on Monday, while worldwide, the death toll due to Covid nearing 52.5 lakh-mark by registering 52.49 deaths so far, as per the data. Across the globe, 26.4 crore coronavirus cases have been reported so far.
Meanwhile, RS Sharma, the head of the National Health Authority of India (NHA), tweeted on Monday that 50 per cent of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated. “For a country that is geographically and culturally so diverse, this is a milestone achievement and a moment of pride,” he said. On Monday, till 8:00 AM, the country administered more than 24.55 lakh vaccine doses taking to a total of 127.93 crore inoculations done so far.
Also, India’s weekly positivity rate stood at 0.78 per cent, remaining less than 1 per cent for the last 22 days and the daily positivity rate was at 0.94 per cent. The daily positivity rate remained below 2 per cent for the last 63 days and below 3 per cent for 98 consecutive days.
In addition, India conducted 8.86 lakh Covid tests the previous day, taking to a total of 64.82 crore tests done so far, as per the data.
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