India, on Sunday, reported the fifth COVID-19 case of the deadly Omicron variant.
A Tanzania returnee has tested positive for Omicron variant of COVID-19 in New Delhi.
The patient has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital in Delhi.
This is the first Omicron variant COVID-19 case detected in the national capital.
“First omicron case detected in Delhi. The patient admitted to LNJP Hospital had returned from Tanzania. Till now, 17 people who tested positive for Covid have been admitted to the hospital,” said Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain.
“The patient has sore throat, weakness and body ache,” said managing director of LNJP Hospital – Dr Suresh Kumar.
“Samples of 12 out of 17 positive passengers were sent for genome sequencing and one of them, who arrived from Tanzania, tested Omicron positive according to preliminary reports,” added Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain.
Earlier on Saturday, India reported two Omicron variant COVID-19 cases.
The Omicron cases detected on Saturday in India were from Jamnagar in Gujarat and Kalyan-Dombivli in Thane district of Maharashtra.
Earlier on Thursday, 2 cases of Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka.