New Delhi: Omicron has reached Delhi as the national capital, on Sunday, reported its first cases of the new COVID-19 variant. The patient has returned from Tanzania which is among the 'at risk' nations list of the government.
"First omicron case detected in Delhi. The patient admitted to the LNJP Hospital had returned from Tanzania. Till now, 17 people (who have come from abroad) have tested positive for COVID-19 and they have been admitted to the hospital," Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
Dr. Suresh Kumar, MD, LNJP Hospital said the patient has sore throat, weakness and body ache.
With the Delhi patient, India has so far five Omicron patients with most of them having travel history. The first two Omicron cases were reported in Karnataka.
On Saturday, the third and the fourth cases of the new strain of COVID-19 were reported from Gujarat's Jamnagar and Maharashtra's Dombivli respectively.
Last month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has last month urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to to "immediately" stop flights from countries affected by Omicron.
A new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organization (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'.
Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.
The first case of the latest coronavirus variant, Omicron, was detected in South Africa. It was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 24, 2021. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.