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COVID: No Omicron Case in India So Far, Says Health Min; Japan Confirms 1st Case

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No case of COVID-19 variant omicron has been reported in India so far, Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour on Tuesday, 30 November.

The B.1.1.529 strain of COVID-19, or 'Omicron' was first reported in South Africa on 24 November 2021.

Meanwhile, Japan has confirmed its first Omicron case, according to a report by AP on Tuesday.

Amid concerns over the emergence of the new variant, a 32-year-old resident of Mumbai's Dombivli, who arrived from South Africa via Delhi on 24 November, tested COVID-positive upon arrival. However, the Mayor of Mumbai on Tuesday said that there is no case of Omicron in the city yet.

COVID: No Omicron Case in India So Far, Says Health Min; Japan Confirms 1st Case
Snapshot
  • According to World Health Organization, it is not yet clear whether 'Omicron' is more transmissible or severe compared to Delta

  • The Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk where COVID-19 surges could have "severe consequences", WHO said on Monday, 29 November

  • All international travellers will be mandated to submit 14 days' travel details and upload a negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before crossing the national borders from Wednesday, 1 December

  • Travellers from “at-risk” countries will have to go undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine, even if they test negative for the virus

  • So far, the variant has been detected in at least 12 countries

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4:34 PM , 30 Nov

Omicron: Kejriwal Announces Action Plan for Delhi

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed the media on action plan and preparedness of the health infrastructure in the backdrop of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

"We have prepared 30,000 oxygen beds, out of which 10,000 are ICU beds. Around 6,800 more ICU beds are under construction," he said

"There are 32 types of medicines that are used during the treatment of COVID-19, for which a buffer stock of two months is being ordered," he added.

Kejriwal further said that all hospitals in Delhi put together have around 750 MT of oxygen capacity and that additional storage capacity of 442 MT is currently being prepared.

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1:20 PM , 30 Nov
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No Omicron Case Reported in India So Far: 

No case of COVID-19 variant omicron has been reported in India so far, Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour on Tuesday, 30 November.

1:14 PM , 30 Nov
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First Omicron Case in Japan

Japan has confirmed its first case of the new omicron COVID-19 variant, a visitor who recently arrived from Namibia, an official said, according to a report by AP.

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9:57 AM , 30 Nov
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CM Kejriwal Urges PM Modi to Stop International Flights

India should not delay curbs on international flights, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid the scare over COVID variant Omicron.

In a tweet in Hindi, Kejriwal, wrote: "Several countries have restricted flights from Omicron-affected nations. Why are we delaying? In the first wave too, we had delayed the ban on flights. Most international flights land in Delhi....and the city gets affected the most. PM Sahib, please stop the flights."


Published: 30 Nov 2021, 8:30 AM IST
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