Odisha reports first, India's second death due to omicron

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Odisha reports first, India's second death due to omicron (Image: Pixabay)
Odisha reports first, India's second death due to omicron (Image: Pixabay)

Odisha : Odisha has reported its first and the country's second confirmed Omicron-related death. Earlier, the central government had announced the death of a 72-year-old man from Rajasthan's Udaipur as the first death due to the omicron variant.

In Odisha, the first Omicron-related death was reported in the Balangir district. The deceased has been identified as a 55-year-old woman who died at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute Of Medical Sciences And Research (VIMSAR) in Burla in Sambalpur district on December 27.

The woman had no travel history of a foreign country.

She was found to be infected with Omicron after the genome sequencing of her samples, the Balangir district administration confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

She died of a heart attack as she was admitted to the Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Balangir on December 20 of last year for treatment. After undergoing treatment at the hospital for two days, she was referred to VIMSAR in Burla after her health deteriorated, Balangir Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Snehalata Sahu told India Today.

He added, "Her swab samples were collected and sent for examination by the VIMSAR authorities on December 22, 2021. She had tested positive for Covid-19 the next day on December 23. Following which, her samples were sent for genome sequencing, which confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant."

According to officials quoted in the news report, the woman's body was handed over to family members and her funeral was attended by relatives and villagers.

Her family members are now also being tested for coronavirus.