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    Six more Omicron cases have been detected in Delhi, bringing the total number to 28 now


    Six more cases of Kovid’s Omicron variant have been identified in Delhi, bringing the total number of people tested positive for the latest version of the coronavirus to 28, sources said on Monday. At least 12 patients have been discharged, they said.

    Amid fears of Omicron and the growing number of coronavirus cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday afternoon that all samples tested positive for the infection would now be sent for genome sequencing. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) where the chief minister discussed the Omicron situation, its potential impact and measures to deal with it.

    Earlier in the day, a source said, “Two more cases of Omicron have been detected in Delhi. Earlier, samples sent for genome sequencing came back positive. One came from UK, another from Ghana, aged 47 and 22, respectively.” The number has risen to 24, and 12 patients have been discharged, they said in the afternoon.

    The two patients were admitted to LNJP Hospital, sources said, adding that most of the patients were asymptomatic.

    Later in the evening, another source said that four more cases of Kovid’s Omicron form have been identified here, bringing the number to 28. Meanwhile, shortly after the CM’s press briefing, authorities at two genome sequencing laboratories in Delhi said they had the capacity to handle a large number of samples for Omicron variant identification.

    According to the latest health bulletin, 93 new COVID-19 cases were logged in the city on Monday, with a positive rate of 0.20 percent. The national capital on Thursday recorded 85 cases with a positive rate of 0.15 percent. On Sunday, it jumped to 107, the highest one-day increase since June 27, when a death was also recorded, and the positive rate stood at 0.17 percent, according to official data.

    Genome sequencing facilities are available in two laboratories each at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) and Lok Nayak Joy Prakash (LNJP) Hospitals run by the Government of Delhi. “We have the capacity to handle 1,000 samples per week. Although the daily case has increased in the last few days, the capacity to take about 500 samples per week is being used. So, at present, we have enough capacity, and we will double it as required A source told PTI.

    The first case of Delhi’s Omicron variant – a 37-year-old man from Ranchi – was identified on December 5. He has been released In the case of Omicron reported in Delhi, doctors warned that people should avoid all kinds of gatherings as it is a highly contagious form, and follow covid-appropriate behavior, otherwise the situation could get worse.

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