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Omicron cases cross 150 in India: Mandatory RT PCR tests at 6 airports | Oneindia News

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Omicron cases cross 150 in India: Mandatory RT PCR tests at 6 airports | Oneindia News

Omicron cases cross 150 in India: Mandatory RT PCR tests at 6 airports | Oneindia News

India has so far recorded 150 cases of the Omicron strain of the novel coronavirus which experts say may outpace the Delta variant.

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