India reported two more COVID-19 cases involving the Omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the tally to 23. The latest cases were reported from Maharashtra's Mumbai, the first for the city. A 37-year-old who returned from Johannesburg, South Africa on November 25 tested positive for Omicron along with his 36-year-old friend, who returned from the United States on November 25.
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Omicron is said to be the most heavily mutated strain of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and is likely more transmissible compared to other variants. The strain has caused global panic and has triggered restrictions on international travel. The new variant has emerged at a time when India's COVID-19 outbreak was stabilizing. India reported 8.3K new COVID-19 cases on Monday.
Details Both patients received Pfizer shot; no symptoms
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