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Omicron Scare: Of 221 samples, only 2 show presence of COVID-19 new variant in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday, December 9, informed that only two samples out of the 211 sent for genome sequencing has tested positive for new variant of COVID-19, Omicron.

Omicron Scare: Of 221 samples, only 2 show presence of COVID-19 new variant in Mumbai
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In a big relief to Mumbaikars, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday, December 9, informed that only two samples out of the 211 sent for genome sequencing has tested positive for new variant of COVID-19, Omicron.

Of the total, some 89 per cent had the Delta derivative and 11 per cent had the Delta variant.

As per the data released by the civic body, 24 tested positive for Delta variant, 195 had the Delta derivative, and Omicron was detected in two samples.

These two patients with Omicron have already been included in the count for the new variant, so there is no increase in this segment in the city, said officials.

BMC in its release mentioned that this was the fifth batch of samples sent for genome sequencing, and none of the patients from whom the samples were collected was deceased.

Officials mentioned that 227 samples were sent for genome sequencing in the fifth batch, of which 221 were from Mumbai. Of this, 19 (9 per cent) were of up to 20 years of age, 69 (31 per cent) were between 21 and 40 years, 73 (33 per cent) in the 41-60 age group, 54 (25 per cent) between 61 and 80 years, and six (three per cent) in the above-80 segment.

Moreover, giving details of the health status the BMC said one, who had taken the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 26 others, fully vaccinated, were hospitalized.

A total of 12 out of 47 non-vaccinated patients were hospitalized, it added.

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