New Delhi: Delhi reported its second case of Omicron variant of coronavirus on Wednesday as Health Minister Satyendra Jain said one more case of the new COVID strain has been detected in a person who returned from a foreign country. The case was found after 37 foreign returnees were admitted to the LNJP hospital in Delhi, of which 28 tested positive for COVID-19. Out of these, 17 genome sequencing reports have been received so far and one person found positive for the Omicron strain. The other reports are still awaited.
“All travellers from affected countries are tested on arrival. 37 people have been admitted to LNJP, out of which 28 had tested positive for COVID. 17 genome sequencing reports have arrived and one person has tested positive for Omicron so far,” ANI quoted Jain as saying.
With this, India’s tally of Omicron variant cases reached 24. As per the health ministry’s morning bulletin on Wednesday, India reported 8,439 new COVID-19 cases, 9,525 recoveries, and 195 deaths in last 24 hours.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday said that the government should expedite the proposal to vaccinate children of 12 to 18 years of age at the earliest, in addition to announcing “additional” doses of COVID vaccine for healthcare, frontline workers and immunocompromised individuals amid concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus.