Guwahati: At least 5 cases of Omicron have been detected in Meghalaya, said sources from the state health department. As per sources, two cases are from East Khasi Hills and another two from Ri Bhoi while the fifth case is reportedly that of a tourist from Assam.
It is yet to be known whether any one of the suspected cases have travel history.
The Meghalaya health department is yet to issue an official statement on the development but the DHS has informed that the 5 cases are confirmed.
This is the biggest detection of Omicron cases at one go in the Northeast. The lone case reported from the region so far is the one from Manipur where a Tanzania returnee had tested positive earlier last month.
It may be mentioned that only yesterday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had announced the re-imposition of restrictions in the state including night curfew and ban on mass gatherings. The odd-even formula for private vehicles is also being introduced. However, with reports of Omicron cases being detected coming in, more restrictions may well be on the cards.
It may be mentioned that Omicron cases have nearly touched the 2000 mark and the overall daily Covid cases are also seeing a significant surge with each passing day. Amid this, the detection of Omicron cases in the region may well lead to a surge in infections.