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Maharashtra: Health dept hints at a spurt in Omicron cases in January

These statements were made during a presentation by the state public health department to the cabinet chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Maharashtra: Health dept hints at a spurt in Omicron cases in January
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In a concerning revelation, the Maharashtra health department said that there will be a spurt in Omicron cases in the state in January as the variant is spreading not just in big cities but also smaller ones.

These statements were made during a presentation by the state public health department to the cabinet chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

As Omicron is spreading rapidly across the state, the department is focusing on tracking, tracing, testing, said public health department additional chief secretary Pradeep Vyas. He also mentioned that the government is emphasizing on 100 per cent fully vaccinating the eligible population.

Also Read: No Community Transmission Of Omicron In Mumbai So Far, Says BMC Additional Commissioner

Meanwhile, the sixth survey highlighted that the descendants of the Delta strain, Delta derivatives that resulted in the second wave of coronavirus in India, continue to be the dominant strain.

On Wednesday, December 15, four new cases – two in Osmanabad and one each in Mumbai and Parbhani – were detected with Omicron. This has led to an increase in the total cases to 32 in the state. However, of these, 25 have been discharged after a negative RT-PCR test.

Moreover, in order to curb the spread of the new variant of coronavirus, the Mumbai Police imposed section 144 and other restrictions ahead of festivities.

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