NEW DELHI: India confirmed its fifth case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 on Sunday as a traveller who had returned from Tanzania tested positive for the infection in Delhi, ANI reported.
The patient has been admitted to the city’s Lok Nayak Hospital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
The patient has mild symptoms, an unidentified official told PTI. The official added that the person’s travel history is being collected and contacts are being traced.
India’s first case of the Omicron variant had been detected in Karnataka on Friday. After that, one case each was reported from Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa in November and has spread to many other countries. Scientists are studying if the variant is more infectious than Delta or has the potential to evade vaccines.
States in India have stepped up measures to screen travellers coming in from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. They are being tested at airports and asked to quarantine.