Maharashtra yesterday registered eight more cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 with seven being reported from Mumbai and one from the metropolitan’s outskirts – Vasai Virar. Peculiarly none of the affected have any history of international travel. However, one had travelled to Bangalore and another to Delhi. All except one patient was vaccinated.

The new cases of the strain have triggered a global alarm which has resulted in new travel restrictions being placed nationwide. Maharashtra’s total cases of the Omicron variant now stands at 28 and India’s at 57.

Aged between 24 and 41 years, three patients are asymptomatic while five have mild symptoms, they said, adding, three are women and five are men. Two of them have been hospitalised while six are in home isolation.

Of the 28 cases in Maharashtra, 12 are from Mumbai, 10 from Pimpri Chinchwad, two from Pune Municipal Corporation, and one each from Kalyan Dombivali, Nagpur, Latur, and Vasai Virar.