A 46-year-old Bengaluru doctor who was one of India’s first cases of Omicron has tested positive for Covid again, according to a senior official.
According to the Health Ministry’s mandate, the RT-PCR test was performed seven days after his previous test. He’ll be kept under surveillance for another seven days and released only if the RT-PCR test comes out negative.
Officials told NDTV that the doctor, who had got both doses of the vaccination Covishield, is currently suffering from a lung infection. On November 22, he had tested positive for the first time.
Karnataka was the first state in India to record two instances of the coronavirus variation, one in a 46-year-old man and the other in a 66-year-old man.
Five patients who had been in contact with the Bengaluru doctor and had tested positive have now had their tests negative and will be released later today. The five samples were sent for genome sequencing, and the findings have yet to be received.
On Monday, the state administration announced that it had tracked down and tested over 200 persons who had come into touch with the two patients for Covid.
“We were able to track down thirteen of the doctor’s primary contacts and approximately 205 secondary contacts,” stated Bangalore Municipal Corporation Commissioner Gaurav Gupta.
Karnataka has already approved two genome sequencing laboratories and is planning to increase testing. The state administration has also applied to the Centre for permission to build four more such labs.
The doctor was one of the first two people in India to be diagnosed with Omicron. A South African national was the other, who was quarantined in Bengaluru before flying to Dubai.
Police have filed a complaint against the South African national, who is of Gujarati descent, for travelling without notifying authorities and thereby violating quarantine rules.
There have been 23 cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant documented across the country. There have been 10 cases reported in Maharashtra, and nine in Rajasthan.
The Omicron strain was first discovered in South Africa and has now spread to other parts of the world, however no deaths have been reported. Authorities from all across the world are scrambling to figure out how contagious it is and how effective existing vaccines are.
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