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‘Omicron’ variant of COVID 6 times more transmissible than Delta | All you need to know

On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that a new variant of the Coronavirus- ‘Omicron’ was detected in South Africa and a few other countries. Calling it a variant of ?concern? WHO issued an advisory and asked nations to stay alert.
Experts believed that Omicron was six times more transmissible than the Delta variant of COVID. However, currently, there are no studies, which could prove the same.
According to AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, the new variant has the potential of developing immunoescape mechanisms, which may lead to a decreased efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. Also, the efficiency of vaccines in India needed to be evaluated critically.
As per the experts, Omicron’s genetic profile raised concerns, but with a significant handicap – there’s a shortage of data, which meant that as of now, nobody has the complete picture of its capabilities and it is still unclear how big a threat it posed.
An Indian passenger, who landed in Mumbai on November 24, from South Africa, had tested COVID positive, said reports. After testing COVID positive, his sample was sent to check for the newly-emerged ‘Omicron’ variant.
The passenger, who works in the merchant navy, is a resident of Dombivli, Mumbai. He had returned to India from South Africa via Dubai. He then took a flight from Dubai to New Delhi.
After arriving in Mumbai from New Delhi, he tested positive for COVID-19. It is still not clear whether he got exposed to the virus in South Africa, New Delhi or Mumbai.
The 35-year-old man home quarantined himself after testing positive. However, he was later admitted to Dombivli Municipal Corporation’s isolation ward.
His samples will be sent for genome sequencing to ascertain whether he has been infected with new variant Omicron. Meanwhile, his brother has been tested negative, and other family members samples will be collected on Monday, said an official attached to the Municipal Corporation.

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Active COVID cases near 30,000 mark in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur


Nagpur’s COVID-19 tally, on Tuesday, January 25, reached 5,43,064 (till 5 pm) as 4028 (972 from rural and 2956 from city) new cases were recorded in a single day. 

Also, active COVID cases, as on Tuesday, could be seen inching closer to 30,000 mark in the district.

Six people lost their lives (one from rural and five from city) on Tuesday. Till now, 10,183 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in the district. Total tests taken were 11,377.
While patients who recovered on Tuesday were 2519, the total number of recovered patients stood at 503729.

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Nagpur reports 90 COVID cases in past 24 hours

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Nagpur’s COVID-19 tally on Sunday, January 2 reached 4,94,193 (till 5 pm) as 90 (73 city, nine rural) more people tested positive for the virus. 

Also, five patients recovered on Sunday taking the number of recoveries to 4,83,664. 

Till now, 10123 people have lost their lives due to COVID in the district. As of now, there are 406 active COVID patients in the district. 

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ALARMING! Nagpur reports 88 COVID cases in past 24 hours

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur


Nagpur registered 88 (81 from city) new COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, December 31. Nagpur previously had recorded as minimum as six cases on December 24. 

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