Six more omicron cases detected in Goa on Tuesday , toll rises to eleven



Panaji: With six more travelers who arrived in the state from the United Kingdom (UK) testing positive for Omicron infection, the total number of cases with the new variant has touched 11 in the coastal tourist destination.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane late on Tuesday night tweeted that six more samples which were sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune has tested positive for Omicron infection.

All the patients are travelers from the UK, who had arrived in the State.

Rane tweeted “Six more samples tested positive for #Omicron in the state of Goa as confirmed by NIV Pune. All six are travelers from the UK and are asymptomatic. Total cases – 11,” he said.

The first case of Omicron was detected in Goa on December 28 when an eight-year-old boy from the UK had tested positive for the infection.

On January 03, the state detected four more cases of infection which included one local, who had no travel history.

The Health department had said that the patient without travel history getting infected with Omicron indicates that the virus has “indigenous” spread, which needs to be examined in detail.

The coastal state is witnessing sudden surge in the COVID-19 infection with the positivity rate on Tuesday touching 13.89 mark with 592 fresh infections reported during the day. Two people had died due to COVID-19 infection.


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