Maharashtra continued to report maximum daily cases in the country even as BMC commissioner IS Chahal said in a TV interview that according to experts, Omicron was responsible for 80 per cent of the Covid cases in Mumbai, reducing the Delta variant to the remaining 20%. Chahal’s revelations came days after the seventh round of genome sequencing last week that had found that 55% of the people in Mumbai were infected by the Omicron variant, while the rest were mainly Delta and Delta lineages.
Maharashtra reported 75 fresh cases, taking the count to 653, the highest in the country. Mumbai reported 40 new Omicron cases for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, taking the city’s total count to 408. Of the total Omicron cases in the state, 259 have been discharged following a negative RT-PCR test.
Delhi, which reported 31 fresh cases, continues to be the second worst affected state in the country after Maharashtra with a total of 382 cases. UP reported 23 cases, taking its tally to 31. Ten new cases took Telangana’s tally to 94 while seven cases were reported in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, taking its count to 24. Five cases were reported in Meghalaya and two in Punjab.