Guwahati: India’s Omicron COVID count rose to 143 on Saturday after Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala reported a sharp spike in the cases.
The number of Omicron cases in Telangana rose to 20 with 12 more people testing positive for the new coronavirus variant on Saturday. As many as 8 more Omicron cases were detected from Maharashtra, which took the state’s tally to 48.
Karnataka saw six new Omicron cases, pushing the state’s tally to 14. Of the total, five cases were found in educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada and another was a UK returnee.
With 4 new cases, Kerala’s tally of Omicron cases rose to 11. Four fresh infections were detected from Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram and from the Thrissur district.
The central government had also warned earlier that the spread of the new variant will outpace the Delta variant where there is community transmission.
It has advised people to avoid non-essential travel and mass gatherings and keep New Year celebrations at low intensity.
While the country’s first two case of the Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka on December 2, this heavily mutated version of the coronavirus was first reported in South Africa on November 24.
The national capital on Saturday recorded 86 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day, the highest in over five months.
The rise in case is being recorded amid the Omicron scare in Delhi as the total number of patients infected with the latest variant of coronavirus jumped by 12 on Friday to reach 22.