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Omicron Threat: 100 Back From Abroad Untraceable Near Mumbai

With nine in Maharashtra, nine in Jaipur and a man in Delhi found infected with the latest variant of Covid-19 on Sunday, the total tally of Omicron cases in India stands at 23.

Returnees to KDMC areas from ''at risk'' nations have to undergo 7-day home quarantine.
Returnees to KDMC areas from ''at risk'' nations have to undergo 7-day home quarantine. (File Photo)

New Delhi: Amid the Omicron scare, Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation chief Vijay Suryavanshi today said 109 out of 295 recent foreign returnees to the township in Thane district were untraceable currently. He said the mobile phones of some of these people were switched off while many of the last given addresses were found to be locked.

Mr Suryavanshi said returnees to KDMC limits from all ”at risk” nations have to undergo 7-day home quarantine, and a Covid-19 test will be conducted on the eighth day.

“Even if it is negative, they will have to undergo another 7-day home quarantine and it would be the duty of housing society members to ensure the norm is not violated. Marriages, gatherings etc are being watched to curb violations,” he said.

“Some 72 per cent of the people in KDMC have taken the first dose of the vaccine and 52 per cent are fully vaccinated,” he added. One Omicron case was detected in a Dombivali resident recently.

With nine in Maharashtra, nine in Jaipur and a man in Delhi found infected with the latest variant of Covid-19 on Sunday, the total tally of Omicron cases in India stands at 23.

A new variant of Covid-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year. On November 26, the WHO named the new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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