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Man back from Tanzania tests positive for Omicron in Delhi, total count for India rises to 5

Omicron variant (Photo: IANS)

An Indian national, who has just returned from Tanzania, tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Delhi, taking the total count of such cases in India to five.

The patient has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in the capital, where a separate ward has been set up for Omicron patients. He is fully vaccinated and suffers from mild symptoms.

Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director at LNJP Hospital, said that the Omicron patient had a sore throat and fever initially. The patient is also suffering from body pain and weakness, but no drop in oxygen level has been recorded.

"The patient is being monitored 24 hours a day and special care is being taken of the oxygen level. If the number of Omicron patients in the hospital increases, we are prepared for the eventuality," he added.

The first two cases of Omicron in India were reported from Karnataka earlier this week while the other two cases were detected from Gujarat and Maharashtra.

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