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India - Omicron: South Africa returnee tests positive for COVID-19 in Chandigarh


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One of his family member and a domestic help have also tested positive for COVID-19 . This comes amid fears over the Omicron variant of coronavirus which is most prevalent in South Africa and has spread to several other countries despite travel curbs.

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The development is concerning for Indian authorities and the public. Experts have said there is no need to panic but rigorous screening and genome sequencing are key to handling the new threat. Omicron is likely the most heavily mutated version of the coronavirus. Early evidence suggests it is highly transmissible and may lead to reinfections, however, more studies are required.

Details Man returned from South Africa on November 21

The Chandigarh resident had returned from South Africa on November 21 and tested negative upon arrival at the airport. He was quarantined at home and tested again on Monday when he was found infected with COVID-19. The patient is currently in isolation at the Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh. The test report of one of his family members is awaited.

Measures Samples sent for genome sequencing

Meanwhile, the Secretary of Health, Chandigarh, on Monday held a review meeting to discuss the threat posed by Omicron. Officials decided to ramp up COVID-19 testing and vaccination in the city. Further, the samples of the South Africa returnee and his contacts have been sent for genome sequencing to NCDC, Delhi to determine the variant behind the infections.

Karnataka Karnataka faces a similar scare

Earlier, two people who traveled from South Africa had tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka. The state's Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar on Monday said the samples of one of the two passengers were 'a little different from the Delta variant.' The state administration has since put nearly 600 passengers under surveillance, officials said.

Information Union Health Secretary to hold meet

Separately, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan will on Tuesday hold a review meeting with state officials over the Omicron variant. India has not officially recorded a case of the new strain as yet.

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