At a time when the spread of the deadly Covid19 variant Omicron has alerted all across the country, a total of 5 air passengers from Europe and Saudi Arabia have been found positive for Covid19 in Assam.
According to a media report, a senior official of the health department of Assam has confirmed that 4 of the Covid19-infected passengers reached Silchar airport on December 6 while the other passenger landed in Guwahati Airport on December 7 night.
It has been reported that the samples of all 5 travellers were being sent for genome sequencing to Kolkata for confirming the variant of the positive cases.
As per the report, the positive patients despite being “asymptomatic” were admitted to the hospitals.
While one of the passengers, who tested Covid19 positive in Silchar, came from Finland while the 3 other people were from Assam’s Karimganj district.
After returning from Saudi Arabia, they remained in home isolation. Their RT-PCR reports came on Tuesday.
It has been reported that the traveller, who was found positive at Silchar airport, has been admitted to the Silchar Medical College Hospital.
The 3 other air passengers have been admitted to the government civil hospital in Karimganj.
The report quoted a senior health official as saying that the contact tracing of the 3 patients in Karimganj has been done.
The official also said all 5 samples were in the process of being sent to a laboratory in Kolkata on Wednesday itself for confirmation if Covid19 Omicron was present in their samples.
The woman passenger, who arrived at the Guwahati airport on Tuesday night, came from the UK in November.
After halting in Amritsar for a while the woman arrived in Guwahati.
The 34-year-old female traveled to Guwahati via Patna.
She was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) on Tuesday night after she tested Covid19 positive during Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
She was later tested positive during the RT-PCR test.
The report quoted GMCH superintendent Dr Abhijit Sarma as saying: “She is under observation. She came from London about 15 days ago.”