India's 1st 'Omicron Death' Recorded In Maharashtra

A 52-year-old man who died of a heart attack could be India’s first Omicron death

Shubhangi Shah
Written by: Shubhangi ShahPublished at: Dec 31, 2021Updated at: Dec 31, 2021
India's 1st 'Omicron Death' Recorded In Maharashtra

India has recorded what can be called the first death due to the new Omicron COVID variant. A 52-year-old man from Maharashtra, who died of a heart attack on December 28, could be India’s first Omicron death. The Maharashtra health department on Thursday confirmed that the man was infected with Omicron, but refrained from calling it a COVID fatality. Maharashtra has the highest number of Omicron cases in India, as the country’s tally has risen to 1,270.

India’s First ‘Omicron Death’

This is what we know about India’s first ‘Omicron death’.

  • A 52-year-old man from Maharashtra’s Pimpri Chinchwad died of a heart attack on December 28.
  • The Maharashtra health department on Thursday said the National Institute of Virology (NIV) report revealed that the man was infected with the Omicron variant.
  • He had a travel history to Nigeria. The new COVID variant dubbed as Omicron was first reported in Africa.
  • The health department, however, stopped short of calling it an Omicron fatality, and instead said, he died of non-COVID reasons.
  • The man had diabetes for the past several years, it said.
  • Meanwhile, some health experts in Mumbai are of the opinion that since his COVID report came out to be positive, his death could be termed under COVID fatality, Times of India reported.

With 450 cases, Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of Omicron cases in India.

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Omicron Situation In India

Omicron COVID variant is spreading rapidly in India

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The highly transmissible Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in India. 

  • Since the first case was reported on December 2, the country has logged as many as 1,270 Omicron cases, as of Friday.
  • Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of cases, followed by Delhi (320), Kerala (109), Gujarat (97), and Rajasthan (69), as per the Union Health Ministry’s latest bulletin.
  • The strain has already spread to 23 states and union territories (UTs).
  • Meanwhile, about 45% of the 450 Omicron cases recorded in Maharashtra had no international travel history, health officials have said. 
  • Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain on Thursday said that Omicron has spread in the community. Over 50% of the COVID positive samples that were sent for genome sequencing were positive for Omicron, he said at a press briefing. The patients experienced mild symptoms, and no patient has yet needed oxygen support. However, what is worrisome is that Omicron is spreading at a much rapid pace as compared to Delta, the health minister said.

COVID Situation In India

Omicron death has been reported in India

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Amid the rise of Omicron, the number of COVID cases is also rising in India. Compared to about 6,000 cases reported three days ago, India on Friday recorded over 16,000 cases of the novel coronavirus.

  • India on Friday recorded 16,764 new COVID cases, the health ministry said.
  • 220 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours.
  • There are 91,361 active COVID cases in the country.
  • The recovery rate stands at 98.36%.

Due to the rise in COVID cases, many states have placed certain restrictions. Delhi has banned New Year gatherings, while schools and colleges have been closed. Public transport is plying at 50% capacity, while private offices are working with 50% staff attendance. Mumbai has also placed similar curbs, such as caps on the number of people allowed at weddings and funerals. Schools remain open as of now.

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