At least five cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Meghalaya.

Three case have been detected in East Khasi Hills district.

One of the three cases detected in East Khasi Hills district, has been reported from Laitumkhrah area of Shillong.

2 cases have been detected in RiBhoi district.

A tourist from Assam is also among the five Omicron cases detected in Meghalaya.

While one of the patients recently had returned from the United States, another had returned from New Delhi.

The New Delhi returnee is a 44-year-old nurse working at the Nazareth Hospital in Shillong.

The two cases detected in RiBhoi district have no travel history.

Contact tracing of the five cases is underway.

All the five Omicron patients in Meghalaya are in home isolation.

Earlier, in view of the spurt in Omicron cases in the country, the Meghalaya government decided to impose fresh restrictions in the state with effect from Wednesday.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on Monday had said that the government has decided to impose restrictions on mass gatherings in the state.

Sangma said restrictions will be imposed on the movement of private vehicles in Shillong city.

He said vehicles will be allowed to ply based on odd and even numbers in Shillong city.

Sangma further said that the night curfew will be re-imposed from 10 pm in Shillong city and in all the other districts.

Earlier, Manipur reported the first Omicron case of the Northeast.

A Tanzania returned 52-year-old man had tested positive for Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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