New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After Maharashtra, at least 9 more cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant have been detected in Rajasthan's Jaipur on Sunday. With this, the total number of cases related to the new variant of the virus has reached a total of 21. Out of which 17 cases were detected on a single day that is December 5.

The nine patients in Jaipur are from the same family and have recently returned from South Africa.

Earlier in the day, 7 cases of the Omicron were detected from Pune, Maharashtra wherein a woman who came from Nigeria along with her two daughters to in the adjoining Pimpri Chinchwad, her brother, and his two daughters had tested positive for the variant. Also, Maharashtra saw its first case on Saturday after a 33-year-old man from Kalyan Dombivli tested positive for the new variant of COVID-19. 

One in Delhi also tested positive on Sunday. Let us remind you that, India reported its first-ever Omicron cases in Karnataka earlier this week. The other two cases were detected in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

India has added several measures and curbs in international travel earlier, it announced 'at-risk countries which now includes includes the United Kingdom, all 44 countries in Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel.

Further India is conducting screening and testing all passengers from 'at-risk countries. In line with central guidelines, all passengers from such countries have to take RT-PCR tests on arrival. The test result has to be negative in order to leave the airport.

The 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.



Posted By: Ashita Singh