July 1, 2022

In a aid of kinds, Maharashtra has not recorded a single case of the ‘Omicron’ variant, for the previous two months, although Covid-19 infections are once more rising steadily, well being officers mentioned.

On March 6, the state had reported the final 61 Omicron instances – practically three months after the primary one was confirmed on December 4, 2021, sending shockwaves among the many well being circles.

The primary sufferer was a 33-year-old marine engineer of Thane, who got here to Mumbai on November 23 from South Africa by way of New Delhi, and examined constructive on November 27, whereas his Omicron constructive report got here on December 4.

He was admitted to a hospital in Kalyan-Dombivali and discharged after 11 days of remedy for Omicron.

Since then, the state continued to notch common incidence of Omicron instances with the ultimate tally standing at 5,726, the best in India.

Not prepared to take probabilities, the state authorities saved a hawk’s eye vigil on the worldwide airports in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and different airports for home passengers and carried out random checks on lakhs of arrivals to weed out the potential contaminated ones.

Hospitals in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and sure different areas from the place a lot of Omicron instances had been reported had been on high-alert and the scenario was lastly introduced below management after three months.

Nevertheless, on April 6, the state had one other scare with a suspected Omicron XE variant infectee – a 50-year-old South African movies costume designer – but it surely was later denied by the Centre.

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Subsequently on April 9, the primary – and until date solely – case of Omicron XE was confirmed in a 67-year-old Mumbaikar who examined constructive on a go to to Vadodara.

Barring the only case of Omicron XE on April 9, the state has remained Omicron-free for the previous two months now.

In the meantime, Covid-19 instances have once more proven an upward development, crossing the 200-mark in the course of the week for the primary time since mid-March.

Until date, the state has notched 78,78,801 complete infections and 147,845 deaths for the reason that pandemic began in March 2020, whereas one other 1,161 ‘energetic instances’ are below remedy.

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Revealed on: Saturday, Could 07, 2022, 03:13 PM IST