New Delhi: Alarm bells have started ringing as Omicron cases crossed 150 in the country.
Eleven states and Union Territories are under the grip of a new deadly variant.
India’s Omicron Covid count rose to 153 on Sunday after Maharashtra reported six and Gujarat logged four more cases of the new variant of coronavirus, respectively.
Six persons tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Maharashtra on Sunday, raising the state’s tally of such cases to 54, the health department said.
In Gujarat, a 45-year-old NRI and a teenage boy who came from the UK, a Surat-based woman who had recently visited Dubai, and a Tanzanian national are the new patients of the Omicron variant.
According to central and state officials, omicron cases have been detected in 11 states and union territories
Andhra Pradesh (1)
Tamil Nadu (1)
West Bengal (1)
“We should prepare and hope that things are not as bad as in the United Kingdom. We need more data on Omicron. Whenever there is a surge in cases in other parts of the world, we need to monitor it closely and be prepared for any eventuality. It is better to stay prepared than to get caught off-guard,” Dr. Randeep Guleria, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director, told a news agency.
Omicron was first reported in South Africa on November 24. India’s first two cases of this heavily mutated version of the coronavirus were detected in Karnataka on December 2.