As many as seven new samples in Maharashtra were found to be infected with the Omicront variant of Coronavirus disease on Sunday.
Seven people – four foreign-returnees and three of their close contacts – in Maharashtra were today found positive with the new Covid variant, Omicron, taking the total number of such cases in the country to 12.
Among those whose samples turned positive with the new variant were a 44-year old woman, who had come from Nigeria to Pimpri-Chinchwad near Pune, her two daughters, her brother and his two daughters. A 47-year old man, who had travelled to Finland last month, was also found to be positive with the new strain.
Earlier, a health official in Pune said four persons who returned from foreign tours and three of their close contacts have test positive for Omicron variant.
In India, the first two cases of Omicron, that was first detected in South Africa, were reported in Karnataka. On Saturday, the third and the fourth case of the infection were reported from Gujarat’s Jamnagar and Maharashtra’s Dombivli, respectively.