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Delhi on Sunday reported its first case of new COVID-19 variant Omicron, officials said. And with this, a total of 5 cases of the variant has been reported from the country so far. 

A 37-year-old man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania has been found to be infected with Omicron. The patient complained of sore throat, weakness and body ache and is currently admitted at the Lok Nayak Hospital. “He had taken both doses of COVID-19 vaccine due to which he had mild symptoms," said Dr. Suresh Kumar, MD, LNJP Hospital, as quoted by news agency ANI. 

The patient is an Indian and had returned from Tanzania a few days ago, an official told PTI, adding, "His travel history is being collated and contacts being traced."  

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said earlier today, as quoted by ANI, “Till now, 17 people who tested positive for Covid-19 have been admitted to the hospital." 

Adding to it, Dr. Kumar said, All 17 COVID19 patients admitted at LNJP are in stable condition. “Most patients are asymptomatic. 4 more people have been admitted today. A special team has been constituted to attend to Omicron cases."

Twelve samples had been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control. One was found carrying the Omicron variant, an official told PTI.

4 cases were detected earlier this week

Earlier this week, 2 cases of Omicron variant have been detected from Karnataka - a South African national and a Bengaluru-based doctor with no travel history. 

Meanwhile, a 72-year-old Zimbabwe returnee found to be infected with Omicron on Saturday. Later, another case of Omicron was reported from Maharashtra. The 33-year-old marine engineer, who tested positive for the variant, travelled to Mumbai from South Africa via Dubai and Delhi late last month.

Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa, has been identified as a Variant of Concern. 

A total of 8,895 new COVID cases that were logged today pushed the cumulative total to 3,46,33,255 and active tally to 99,155. The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been less than 50,000 for 161 consecutive days now.

In the same time span, 6,918 discharges took the total recoveries to 3,40,60,774. The recovery rate in India is currently at 98.35%.

On Saturday, 8,603 COVID cases, 415 fatalities and 8,190 recoveries were reported in India.

(With inputs from agencies)

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