A person who travelled from Zimbabwe to Gujarat's Jamnagar tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronaviru on December 4. The new cases have been detected in his contacts.
The genome sequencing revealed that the person was infected with the newly discovered Omicron variant.
The South Africa returnee is fully vaccinated. At least 10 people who came in contact with him had been quarantined and tested, reported India Today.
According to Health Ministry officials there are 23 cases of the new variant of Covid-19 and authorities are closely monitoring the situation.
The health officials gave a detailed presentation on the new variant and other issues related to COVID-19 to 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'.