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breaking news   Active cases of Covid-19 lowest in 552 days with 98,416;  Daily count at 8.306

India reported 17 more cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 (nine people in Jaipur, seven in Maharashtra’s Pune district, and one fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania), bringing the count to 21 in the country. . Most of those who tested positive recently arrived from or were in contact with African countries. With this, four states and the national capital have now reported cases of the potentially most contagious variant that has caused a new alert around the world. The nine people who tested positive in Jaipur include four family members who recently returned from South Africa. The new cases in Maharashtra include a woman who along with her two daughters came from Nigeria, her brother and a man who returned from Finland in the last week of November, authorities said. The total number of confirmed Omicron cases in Maharashtra has now risen to eight.

First published: IST



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