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4 Omicron cases in India: Know about their age, travel and vaccination history| Data Revealed!

As health officials across India ramp up efforts to track down these patients, here’s a look at their age, travel, health and vaccination history of India’s four Omicron cases:

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India reports a total of four new cases of new Covid-19 strain Omicron so far. Recently, a 33-year-old man from Maharashtra is infected with the Omicron strain. The country saw the first two cases of the new mutant from Karnataka and one each from Gujarat and Maharashtra.

As health officials across India ramp up efforts to track down these patients and keep an eye on incoming international travellers while adhering to rigorous Covid-19 guidelines, here’s a look at their age, travel, health and vaccination history of India’s four Omicron cases:

First Omicron Case in Karnataka

What was his travelling history?-
South Africa returnee
What was his age?- 66
Was he vaccinated?- Both doses

On November 20, a South African national arrived in Bengaluru, and his samples were gathered at the airport. The samples were sent for genetic sequencing after he tested positive for Covid. Officials stated that the report released on Thursday confirmed that the Covid infection was caused by the Omicron variant.

After testing positive for COVID at the airport, the person was immediately quarantined in a hotel. He did, however, undergo another Covid test at a private laboratory later. His results came back negative this time, and he went for Dubai on November 27 as planned, the official added.

The foreign national’s 24 primary and 240 secondary contacts have all tested negative. However, they are still being monitored.

Second Omicron Case in Karnataka

What was his travelling history?- No
What was his age?- 46
Was he vaccinated?- Both doses

On November 22, the Bengaluru doctor tested positive, and he had no prior travel history to South Africa or any other nation. The doctor was tested on November 22 after experiencing tiredness, weakness, and a fever, following which he tested positive.

An official confirmed that the doctor’s 13 primary and 205 secondary contacts have been tested. Three of the primary contacts and two of the secondary contacts have all tested positive. They have been kept under isolation and samples have been sent for sequencing.

Third Case in Gujarat

What was his travelling history?-
Zimbabwe returnee
What was his age?- 72
Was he vaccinated?- Both doses

On December 2, the 72-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Gujarat from Zimbabwe, a ‘high risk’ country. Later, his sample was submitted for genome sequencing.

His symptoms were a sore throat and weakness. After additional investigation, it was discovered that he possessed the Omicron variant. He was isolated after his sample tested positive. His condition is clinically stable, and he is being monitored by doctors, a spokesperson added.

So far, they’ve all tested negative for the virus. After a few days, they will be evaluated again. The man, who was born in Jamnagar, has spent the majority of his life in Zimbabwe. He travelled to Gujarat to visit his in-laws. The infected patient had taken both vaccine doses. The infected person had received both vaccination doses.

Fourth Case in Maharashtra

What was his travelling history?-
South Africa returnee
What was his age?- 33
Was he vaccinated?- Unvaccinated

The 33-year-old man, who tested positive for Omicron, arrived in Mumbai late last month after travelling from South Africa via Dubai and Delhi. He is a marine engineer by profession and has been travelling since April. He is a Thane resident. “He couldn’t be vaccinated while on the ship due to the unusual nature of his job,” one official stated.

He stayed on the ship until the end of November. He was permitted to return to India once his ship arrived in South Africa, and his employer secured a return ticket for him. He couldn’t get inoculated because he had been out at sea for so long. He had been infected by the Omicron variant by the time he could secure his tickets and visa to return to India.

Currently, he has been shifted to a COVID care centre. All his contacts for the past few days have been tested for COVID-19. Their reports came negative.

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Covid-19: Delhi reports 2,202 cases, highest in six months; India logs over 20k cases

The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

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The coronavirus has started to raise its ugly head in the country once again. There is currently concern about the fourth wave in India, where the number of Covid-19 cases has been increasing continuously for more than a week.

India reported 20,551 new Covid-19 infections and 70 fatalities in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, the daily positivity rate in the country reached 5.14 percent and the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.64 percent. The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

India’s tally of Covid-19 cases has risen to 4,41,07,588 and the death toll has climbed to 5,26,600. The active Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 1,35,364.

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The capital registered 2,202 cases, which is the highest in six months. The health department data shows the positivity rate in the capital reached 11.84 percent. On Wednesday, Delhi reported 2,073 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.64 percent. The active cases in Delhi are 6,175.

Maharashtra reported 1,862 cases and seven deaths. Assam logged 431 new cases and two fatalities and Odisha recorded 836 new cases. The five states with the most active cases are Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.

In response to the rising number of Covid cases and low booster dose uptake throughout India, the Union Health Ministry has offered free booster doses to all eligible individuals over the age of 18 at government-run vaccination centers.

The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive was started in the country on 16 January 2021, since then 2,055,947,243 vaccine doses have been administered across India.

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Delhi reports 3rd monkeypox case, 8th in India

The reports state that the man doesn’t have any foreign travel history.

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A 31-year-old Nigerian man living in Delhi has been tested positive for monkeypox on Tuesday. According to the reports, the man has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi after experiencing symptoms. With this, the capital reported its third monkeypox case, while the total tally has now reached eight.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs confirmed that the patient does not have any foreign travel history. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya confirmed that India has a total of eight monkeypox cases and out of which five patients have a history of foreign travel.

Earlier on Sunday, a 35-year-old Nigerian man also tested positive for monkeypox. The patient was admitted to Lok Nayak hospital soon after and his samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for testing.

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The first monkeypox case in Delhi was reported in a 34-year-old man from Paschim Vihar. The patient is currently undergoing treatment. According to the reports, his condition is stable, and he has no symptoms other than lesions.

Earlier in the day, Kerala reported the fifth case of viral infection in a 30-year-old man. The patient is currently admitted to the Manjeri Medical College in Malappuram. The reports state that the patient returned from UAE on July 27.

On Saturday, India reported the first monkeypox fatality. The deceased was a 22-year-old man from Kerala who tested positive for the virus following his return from the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru on Tuesday ordered screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands amid rising monkeypox cases in India.

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Monkeypox: Amid rise in cases, 21-day isolation, screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands in Bengaluru

According to the revised guidelines, at least 21-day isolation will be mandatory for confirm Monkeypox cases.

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Monkeypox: Amid rise in cases, 21-day isolation, screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands in Bengaluru

Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru on Tuesday has ordered screening at airports, railway stations and bus stands amid rise in Monkeypox cases in India.

This change has come after the Department of Health and Family Welfare have issued revised guidelines. It also states that at least 21-day isolation will be mandatory for confirm Monkeypox cases.

Moreover, the zonal health officials have also been instructed to ensure that the screening teams are surely be deployed at airports, railway stations and bus stands in their respective jurisdictions. 

“All suspected Monkeypox cases in the community should be tested and screened through both targeted surveillance and hospital-based surveillance,” the guidelines stated.

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