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Omicron cases cross 100-mark in India; Delhi ramps up hospital services
Delhi reported 12 new Omicron cases on Friday, most of them fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The Capital also witnessed a spike in other covid cases in the past few days, registering the highest number in four months. The Government has asked hospitals to augment their services. Maharashtra tops the States with 40 Omicron cases. Other States detecting Omicron cases are: Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17), Karnataka (8), Telangana (8), Gujarat (5), Kerala (7), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and Bengal (1).

NEW DELHI, Dec 18: Twelve new Omicron cases were reported in Delhi on Friday, taking the tally to 22 since the new covid variant was detected in South Africa last month. Ten patients have been discharged so far. Most of the cases were fully vccinated and asymptomatic.

The patients were in the 20-55-year age group. Only one of these has shown symptoms, sources at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital said. The patient had body ache and upset stomach. There was none needing oxygen or ICU admission. Of the 12 new cases, two are from UK, four from Dubai, two from Tanzania and two from South Africa.

The Delhi Government has asked hospitals in the Capital to augment their services by taking in more personnel in view of the emerging situation.

The number of Omicron cases across India has crossed the 100 mark, Maharashtra, with 40 cases, reporting the highest. Other States are: Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17), Karnataka (8), Telangana (8), Gujarat (5), Kerala (7), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (1).

Delhi had 69 new covid cases on Friday, according to the Health Department's bulletin. On Thursday there were 85 cases, the highest number in four months, and on Wednesday 57 cases.

So far in December there have been reports of two deaths from covid. They were on December 6 and 8. Seven covid deaths were reported in November, the highest count in the last three months in the national Capital. There were four fatalities in October and five in September. The total deaths from covid so far is 25,100 in Delhi.

On Friday the test positivity rate (TPR) was 0.12 per cent while it was 0.15 per cent and 0.10 per cent, respectively, on Wednesday and Thursday.

A total of 57,298 tests were conducted on Thursday, out of which 51,813 were RT-PCR tests and the rest rapid antigen tests.

Canada lifts ban on foreign travellers

Canada on Friday lifted the ban on foreign travelers from 10 African countries. However, it has made testing mandatory. Pre-arrival negative PCR tests will be a must from December 21. The travel restriction on flights from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt will end at 11:59 pm on Saturday (0459 GMT Sunday), Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a news conference.

The travel curb was introduced by Canada last month when the Comicron variant of covid began spreading to other countries from Soth Africa, where it was first detected and officially announced on November 25. Now it is claimed that since the new variant has already spread widely in Canada, there is no need to keep the travel ban.

So far there have been nearly 350 cases of the Omicron variant across Canada and the daily average of covid cases has risen to 5,000. "It is expected the sheer number of (Omicron) cases could inundate the health system in a very short period of time," said Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam.

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