Tamil Nadu recorded the highest daily count on Thursday with 33 fresh Omicron cases, followed by Maharashtra which added 23 cases and Karnataka which reported 12 infections. Delhi and Gujarat reported seven cases each while two patients tested positive for the highly infectious coronavirus variant in Odisha.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state with total 88 cases, followed by Delhi (64 cases) and Telangana (38). Tamil Nadu, which had just one case till Wednesday morning has suddenly become the fourth worst hit state with 34 cases, underlining the rapid spread of the variant.
Maharashtra’s 23 fresh infections came after a day of zero cases. Of them, 17 are asymptomatic while the remaining six have mild symptoms. Four of the new patients are below 18 years, according to an official release of the state health department. Of the fresh cases, 13 are from Pune district, five from Mumbai, two from Osmanabad and one each from Thane, Nagpur and Mira-Bhayander. Eighteen of the new patients were fully vaccinated.
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Karnataka reported 12 cases, taking the total tally of Omicron infections to 31. While 10 patients are from Bengaluru, one each is from Mysuru and Dakshina Kannada. The new cases comprise Bengaluru’s first Omicron cluster with three primary contacts of a UK-returned, 26-year-old woman. She had travelled to Bengaluru on December 12, developed symptoms post arrival and tested positive for Covid. On Thursday, her father (56), mother (54) and sister (20) were confirmed to be infected with the Omicron variant.
“This is the first Omicron cluster among primary contacts of an international passenger,” said BBMP authorities. While the parents were fully vaccinated, their 20-year-old daughter had taken one dose.