Omicron tally reaches four
New Delhi, Dec 4 : India reported two more cases of Omicron Covid variant on Saturday, taking the country's total tally of the new strain to four.
The first case was detected from India's western Gujarat state, where a 72-year-old man tested positive.
A resident of Zimbabwe, he had returned to Jamnagar city on November 28.
The sample of the elderly man was sent for genome sequencing, after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, it said.
Gujarat's Commissioner of Health Jai Prakash Shivhare confirmed that the man was found infected with the Omicron strain.
The second case was reported from the neighbouring Maharashtra State in Mumbai city.
The infected man returned from South Africa to Kalyan Dombivali municipal area near Mumbai, Maharashtra State's Health Department said.
"On November 24, the passenger reported a mild fever after landing in Mumbai. He had not taken any COVID-19 vaccine. However, no other symptoms were observed. This mildly symptomatic patient is being treated at the Covid Care Centre in Kalyan-Dombivali," a Government statement said.
Earlier on Thursday, two people—a 66-year-old South African national and an Indian doctor—tested positive for the new strain in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
While the foreigner escaped from India, the doctor is under quarantine at his home.
The WHO said Omicron, initially detected in South Africa, may spread more quickly than other forms of the virus.
India expects the Omicron variant to cause less severe illness, due to rising vaccination rates and high prior exposure to the Delta variant that infected nearly 70% of the population by July.
The WHO has said it had not seen any reports of deaths relating to the new Omicron variant.
The WHO said it was collecting evidence about the variant of concern (VOC), as countries around the world scramble to stop it from spreading.
But despite a growing number of countries registering infections with the new variant, no deaths have yet been reported to the UN health agency. Agencies