Indian officials said more than 100 passengers who arrived in the northern Indian city of Amritsar on a chartered flight from Italy on Thursday have tested positive for COVID-19.
Amritsar airport director VK Seth said a total of 125 out of 179 passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival at the Amritsar airport.
Officials, however, said that of the 179 passengers, 19 were children or infants, exempted from on-arrival RT-PCR testing.
On Thursday, India reported more than 90,000 cases in 24 hours including, 325 deaths, with a positivity rate of 6.43%, according to the health ministry.
Earlier data showed that those with Omicron were less likely to spend time in hospitals or the intensive care units (ICU)compared with those who had the Delta variant.
Several Indian states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, have reintroduced curbs and temporary curfews to limit gatherings and slow the spread of the virus.
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