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Omicron Variant LIVE Updates: Mumbai's Dharavi detects one case of new Covid strain

Health Secretary, ICMR Director-General, and other top officials from the ministry deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health chaired by Ram Gopal Yadav on the issue 'Challenges posed by Omicron variant of COVID-19'.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: December 11, 2021 6:52 IST

India's Omicron cases tally rose to 25 after 2 more tested positive for the new Covid variant in Gujarat's Jamnagar. Also, a woman contact of an Omicron case in Rajasthan has been found COVID-19 positive in Delhi and is being shifted to the Lok Nayak Hospital. Meanwhile, all the nine people in Rajasthan who were found infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus were discharged from a government hospital on Thursday after they tested negative for the infection twice.

Top officials of the Health Ministry gave a detailed presentation on the Omnicron variant and other issues related to COVID-19. The parliamentary panel Health Secretary, ICMR Director-General, and other top officials from the ministry deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health chaired by Ram Gopal Yadav on the issue 'Challenges posed by Omicron variant of COVID-19'.

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    "The meeting is currently underway at Pune Council Hall. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil are joined by other senior officials of the district," informed sources.

     

     

     

  • 12:26 PM (IST) Posted by Priya Jaiswal

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