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Omicron reaches Meghalaya: 5 Cases reported

At least 5 cases of Omicron have been detected in Meghalaya, said sources from the state health department. As per sources, two cases are from East Khasi Hills and another

At least 5 cases of Omicron have been detected in Meghalaya, said sources from the state health department. As per sources, two cases are from East Khasi Hills and another two  from Ri Bhoi while the fifth case is reportedly that of a tourist from Assam.

It is yet to be known whether any one of the suspected cases have travel history.
The Meghalaya health department is yet to issue an official statement on the development but the DHS has informed that the 5 cases are confirmed.

Also Read: Meghalaya: RT PCR Tests Mandatory to at state entry points

This is the biggest detection of Omicron cases at one go in the Northeast. The lone case reported from the region so far is the one from Manipur where a Tanzania returnee had tested positive earlier last month.

It may be mentioned that only yesterday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had announced the re-imposition of restrictions in the state including night curfew and ban on mass gatherings. The odd-even formula for private vehicles is also being introduced. However, with reports of Omicron cases being detected coming in, more restrictions may well be on the cards.

Also Read: Efforts on to bring ULFA-I to talks table: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

It may be mentioned that Omicron cases have nearly touched the 2000 mark and the overall daily Covid cases are also seeing a significant surge with each passing day. Amid this, the detection of Omicron cases in the region may well lead to a surge in infections.

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First Published: 4th January, 2022 21:45 IST

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