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India's 5th Omicron variant case detected in Delhi, Tanzania returnee tests positive

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Dec 2021, 12:54 pm

New Delhi/IBNS:  A 37-year-old man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania and was admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP) was Sunday found positive with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, making it the fifth case of the strain in the country.

The first two cases of Omicron variant in India were reported from Karnataka earlier this week.

The other two cases were detected from Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to prepare by accelerating vaccinations and put mitigation plans in place to maintain essential health services.

"Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic," the WHO said in a statement.

Meanwhile, India recorded 8,895 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

India's active caseload currently stands at 99,155, which accounts for less than 1 percent of total cases, at 0.29 percent.

The recovery rate is currently at 98.35 percent with 6,918 recoveries in the last 24 hours. This has pushed total recoveries to 3,40,60,774.