Indian authorities mull declaring first Omicron death after confirming the presence of COVID-19 strain in a 52-year-old man who recently died of a heart attack in Pimpri Chinchwad.
The Indian health department said that the deceased patient had a travel history to Nigeria and had diabetes for the last 13 years.
Medical officials sad that they are unsure whether to consider Omicron as the cause of death, or just a contributory factor.
“The death of this patient is due to non-COVID-19 reasons. Coincidently, today’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) report has revealed that he was infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19,” said Maharashtra Public Health Department.
Health experts in Mumbai however said that since the man tested positive for Omicron, his death would be counted as a COVID-19 fatality.
As of Thursday, 198 new Omicron cases were reported in Maharashtra, totaling the state’s count to 450.
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