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India detects third Omicron case, reports 415 COVID-19 deaths

By Sumit Khanna

AHMEDABAD (Reuters) – India reported its third case of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday, government officials said, as the total number of Covid-19 cases inched closer to the 35 million mark.

Officials in the western state of Gujarat said the patient who tested positive for Omicron was a 72-year-old man of Indian descent who had lived in Zimbabwe for decades and returned on November 28.

India reported 8,603 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 34.62 million. The death toll increased by 415 people to 470,530 people.

Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked officials to focus on countries identified as at risk, after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new variant “worrisome”. .

The WHO says Omicron, which was originally discovered in South Africa, can spread faster than other forms of the virus.

India hopes the Omicron variant will cause less disease, given its soaring vaccination rates and high levels of previous exposure to the Delta variant that infected nearly 70% of the population in July.

India has identified two male patients, aged 66 and 46, with the new strain of the disease in the southern state of Karnataka, the federal health ministry said on Thursday. The first is a South African citizen while the second, an Indian doctor, has no recent travel history.

India, which suffered a record increase in infections and deaths in April and May due to the Delta variant, has only fully immunized half of its 944 million adults despite having very few adults. many sources of vaccine production domestically.

Up to 84% have had at least one dose, with more than 125 million people requiring a second dose.

(Written by Sudarshan Varadhan; Edited by Kim Coghill)

https://whbl.com/2021/12/04/india-detects-third-omicron-case-reports-415-covid-19-deaths/ India detects third Omicron case, reports 415 COVID-19 deaths

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