4 arrested in Bengaluru, FIR against concert organizers AP Dhillon, 6 updates


When it comes to Omicron, India is now experiencing new bans, false reports and a daily increase in cases. No deaths have yet been reported in India. However, the UK reported its first death at Omicron yesterday, December 13.

Here are the latest updates on Omicron in India:

1. MAHARASHTRA REPORTS 2 NEW OMICRON CASES

According to a report released by the National Institute of Virology on December 13, there are two new Omicron cases in Mumbai. The first patient is a 33-year-old man from Latur, and the second patient is a 39-year-old woman from Pune. The two patients were fully vaccinated and have a history of travel to Dubai. The overall tally of Omicron cases in Maharashtra is now 20, the health ministry said.

2. OMICRON’S FIRST PATIENT IN DELHI LEAVES HOSPITAL; 4 NEW EMERGING CASES

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain informed media that four new cases of Omicron have been detected in the nation’s capital. Jain said: “Four new Omicron cases have been detected, bringing the total number of cases to 6.” All patients are admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP). The total number of Omicron cases in Delhi currently stands at 6.

The first identified patient of the Omicron variant from Delhi, a 37-year-old man from Ranchi, was discharged from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP).

3.4 ARRESTED IN BENGALURU FOR PROVIDING A FALSE RT-PCTR REPORT TO THE FIRST PATIENT OMICRON

Karnataka police arrested four people for providing a false RT-PCR report to a South African national, who later turned out to be Omicron’s first Indian patient. The 66-year-old was in quarantine but managed to leave the country via Dubai using the false negative RT-PCR report. The man arrived in India on November 20 and authorities informed staff at the Shangri La Hotel in Bangalore, where he was being quarantined, to ensure he did not leave the hotel.

However, the man wanted to leave earlier, so he contacted two of his employees. The two employees then approached a private lab in Bengaluru and bribed the technicians to provide a false negative RT-PCR report. The man received the false report on November 26, submitted it to hotel and airport authorities, boarded a flight to South Africa via Dubai, and exited the India. On December 2, the results of the human genome sequencing returned and they showed that he was one of the first people in the country to test positive for the Omicron variant.

The two employees working in a private laboratory in Bangalore and the two employees were subsequently arrested by the Karnataka police.

4. FOURTH CASE DETECTED IN GUJARAT IN SOUTH AFRICA

A fourth case of the Omicron variant was detected in Gujarat on December 13. The patient is a 42 year old man from Surat who recently returned from South Africa. Deputy City Health Commissioner Ashish Naik said: “He arrived at Delhi Airport from South Africa via Kenya and Abu Dhabi on December 3. He had tested negative for the coronavirus. The patient tested negative again on December 4. Naik added that after brief hospital isolation, the man tested positive for Covid-19 on December 8. His samples were then sent for genome sequencing, the results arrived on December 13, and showed he was infected with the Omicron variant.

5. IIT-DELHI DEVELOPES RT-PCR TEST FOR OMICRON DETECTION

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at the Kusuma School of Biological Sciences in Delhi have developed an RT-PCR-based test for the detection of the Omicron variant. Currently, the identification of the Omicron variant is done using “next-generation sequencing-based methods” which produce results over three days. The IIT-D RT-PCR-based assay will be able to detect the Omicron variant within 90 minutes.

6. TAMIL NADU PROHIBITS MEETINGS ON THE BEACHES ON DECEMBER 31 AND JANUARY 1

As part of its Covid-19 prevention measures, the government of Tamil Nadu announced on December 13 a ban on all public gatherings on all beaches in the state on December 31 and January 1. An official statement quoting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said: “There will be no access to people on all beaches on December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022, as part of the measures to to curb the spread of the Covid. “

Meanwhile, Mumbai police have registered an FIR for flouting Covid rules, against the organizers of a concert by singer AP Dhillon at an upscale hotel in Santacruz in Mumbai on Sunday, December 12.



Corina C. Butler