Over the last three days, 12 suspected cases of Omicron have been admitted to Delhi hospitals after arriving on international aircraft. Their samples were sent to be genotyped to see if they were infected with the Omicron strain.
All are being treated at Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital. Eight people were admitted to the hospital yesterday after testing positive for Covid. Four additional people were admitted today, but the results of their Covid tests are still pending.
“Four are British, four are French, others are Tanzanian, and one is Belgian. All are in good health, with the exception of one who has a fever “LNJP Hospital’s Medical Director, Suresh Kumar, stated.
He stated that samples have been sent for genome testing, and that the results will be known in five to six days whether any of them are Omicron-infected. Dr Kumar told a private news channel, “Genome sequencing is a lengthy and complicated technique.”
So far, two instances of Omicron have been confirmed in India, both in the state of Karnataka. One of them is a 46-year-old Bengaluru-based doctor who has never travelled before. On November 21, he began to experience fever and bodily aches.
The other Omicron patient is a 66-year-old South African who arrived in India on November 20 with a negative Covid report and flew to Dubai seven days later. The state of Karnataka has filed a complaint stating that he “escaped” from a hotel and flew out.
Early this morning in Tamil Nadu, two foreign air travellers from ‘at risk’ countries, including a kid, tested positive for Covid. The state government has refuted allegations of Omicron instances, stating that samples have been sent for genetic testing.
The Omicron form, which was first discovered in South Africa, has now been confirmed in 23 countries, with the number projected to grow, according to WHO.
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