The Union Health Ministry on Thursday informed that India’s first 2 cases of Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka.
One of the two individuals was a South African national and already left the country.
According to sources, 8 Omicron suspects were admitted to the LNJP hospital on Thursday.
A media report quoted sources as saying: “Four suspects have been admitted today, out of which, two have been tested Covid19 positive while the test results for the other two are awaited.”
It has been reported that of the 4 suspects, 2 came from the UK, 1 from France and 1 from the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the Gujarat health department on Friday said the samples obtained from the Zimbabwe resident’s arrival in Jamnagar have been sent for laboratory testing to identify whether the Covid19 patient has been infected by the Omicron variant or not.
The report quoted the additional chief secretary (ACS) of Gujarat’s health department, Manoj Agrawal as saying: “The samples obtained from the 72-year-old person, who arrived from Zimbabwe, have been sent to the Biotechnological Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad.
“It will take at least 2 to 3 days for the results to arrive and ascertain whether the person was infected with the new mutant omicron or not.”
“Right now there’s no threat as far as the new variant of the Covid19 is concerned and the government is fully prepared to combat the threat against the coronavirus and no changes have been made for the preparation of the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit,” Agrawal added.
A 72-year-old man tested positive for Covid19 in the Morakda village near Jamnagar city of Gujarat.
Following his return from Zimbabwe, an African nation and one of the ‘at-risk’ countries identified by the authorities and in order to ascertain if he is infected by the Omicron variant, the health authorities have sent his samples to Ahmedabad for genome sequencing.