The Lok Sabha is likely to take up the issue of new COVID-19 variant – Omicron – for a discussion on Wednesday. 

According to reports, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will be discussed in the Lok Sabha under Rule 193. 

The government has tightened rules for screening and testing of international arrivals after a man who recently returned from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19.  

Moreover, on Tuesday, a person, who had returned to Pune in Maharashtra from Zambia on November 25, has tested positive for COVID-19.  

The man had returned from Zambia to Mumbai on November 20 and then travelled to Pune by a taxi.  

His sample has been sent for genome sequencing and the report on the same is awaited. 

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The Pune municipal corporation has conducted RT-PCR tests of his family members and the driver who travelled with him from Mumbai to Pune. 

All all of them have tested negative. The person who tested positive is around 60 years of age and is stated to be stable, asymptomatic and in home isolation. 

Meanwhile, as of today, there is no Omicron variant case in India, the government informed the Parliament on Tuesday. 

The Centre on Tuesday issued new rules for international travellers which will be effective from midnight.  

These were announced following a review of public health preparedness with states and union territories in view of the outbreak of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in several countries. 

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