Gujarat on Monday reported 24 more Omicron cases, taking the state tally to 73 patients. Ahmedabad city reported 13 new cases, Gandhinagar city 4, Rajkot city 3 and 1 each in Surat, Anand, Bharuch and rural Vadodara.

However, there seems to be a difference of opinion between the AMC and the state government over the origin of the Omicron infection. The AMC claims that the patients are international travellers, while the state says that they have no travel history. The state health department stated on December 27 that 4 of 13 patients in Ahmedabad had no travel history. Similarly, in a December 25 press note, it said that 2 Omicron patients in Ahmedabad did not have a travel history, raising concerns of local transmission already seen in other states. However, when asked about this, Dr Bhavin Solanki, Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for the AMC said, all 24 Omicron patients in Ahmedabad city have foreign travel history. Meanwhile, government researchers working on collation of Omicron data told Mirror, it is becoming difficult to trace the point of infection. One case in Kheda was said to be unknown transmission, but we later found that the patient had attended a marriage function where travellers from the US were also present. However, with people hiding crucial details and refusing to cooperate, local transmission may have already begun here.

However, a senior health official in Gandhinagar said, Early Omicron detection has led to faster tracing. Currently we just have 73 patients, with contact history of a few still uncertain. Local transmission is not concretely established. Int’l Omicron patients in Rajkot Just like Ahmedabad city, the state on Monday reported 3 more Omicron cases in Rajkot, all without any foreign travel history, However, they have turned out to be contacts of a student who had recently returned from Tanzania and had been confirmed infected by the Omicron variant.

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Rajkot Deputy Municipal Commissioner Ashish Kumar said that all three patients are foreign male students studying in Rajkot’s RK University and had tested Covid positive on December 22. One is a city of Nepal and the other two are from Bangladesh, but none of them have re- cent travel history. However, they were staying in the University hostel where the first Omicron case, a BPharm student from Tanzania, had tested positive for Omicron on December 19. Omicron in Gujarat of the total 73 Omicron cases in Gujarat detected between December 4 and 27 so far, the highest 24 are in Ahmedabad city followed by 17 in Vadodara city.

There are 6 in Kheda, 5 each in Anand and Gandhinagar city, 4 in Rajkot city,3 each in Jamnagar city and Mehsana, and 2 in Surat city. Till date, there have been 1 case each of Omicron in rural Rajkot, Bharuch, rural Vadodara and Amreli. A total of 17 patients have been discharged so far and there has not been a single reported Omicron death till date. Covid cases continue to rise in Gujarat Covid cases in Gujarat continued to rise in Gujarat on the back of heightened testing, with the state reporting 204 new cases on Monday. This is a new high in December and the first time that cases have breached the 200-mark since the second Covid wave.

Ahmedabad city reported 98 cases, the highest in the state, followed by 33 in Rajkot city, 22 in Surat city, and 16 in Vadodara city. Other districts reported cases in single digits. There was 1 Covid death reported from Jamnagar city, taking the official death toll to 22 in the month of December and 10,114 in Gujarat till date.

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