NEW DELHI: The first case of Omicron variant of COVID19 in Delhi and seven infections in Maharashtra on Sunday triggered a warning bell across India, taking the latest tally of the new strain to be at least 21 in the country.
Seven cases of Omicron variant in Maharashtra include six in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal area and one in Pune, Maharashtra officials told The New Indian.
Rajasthan on Sunday too joined the other states after nine members of a family with travel history to South Africa were found positive with the new variant.
Earlier, two members of a family in Jammagar in Gujarat had tested positive for Omicron.
Health ministry officials told The New Indian that Covid-19 working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) will hold an emergency meet on Monday to discuss the use of booster vaccine jab as well start of vaccination for children below 18 years of age.
Scientists in the European Union, UK and US have forecasted that Omicron may account for more infections than Delta soon.
World Health Organisation (WHO) has hinted that its technical advisory group is trying to ascertain if a new vaccine be needed against Omicron variant.
WHO has said that though the virus has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have been reported so far.
Earlier, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on Friday had issued an order explaining the new guidelines in wake o Omicron. MCGM has introduced a very unique & strict home quarantine monitoring mechanism for international passengers arriving in Mumbai from risk countries. CEO of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) will send a list to BMC’s Disaster Management Cell every 24 hours with details of Passengers coming from high risk countries. This list will be then passed on toward war room teams who will then take daily health updates from passengers, send a doctor for checkup and conduct RT-PCR test on the seventh day.
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