Six Positive Cases reported from ‘High-Risk’countries, Health News, ET HealthWorld
According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW), on the first day of operation of the guidelines for international travelers issued by the Centre as public health response measures for control and management of Omicron, the new reported variant of COVID-19, which has been designated as a Variant of Concern (VOC) by World Health Organisation (WHO), six passengers were reported to be COVID positive.
“Total of 11 international flights landed at various airports of the country except Lucknow, from midnight to 4pm today, from “at risk” countries. These carried 3476 passengers. All 3476 passengers were administered RT PCR Tests, wherein only 06 passengers were found COVID19 positive,” the statement from ministry said.
The Ministry also informed that the samples of the COVID19 positive passengers have been sent to INSACOG labs for Whole Genomic Sequencing (WES). They are continuing to keep track of the evolving situation, and supporting States and UTs in the fight against the pandemic through the “whole of Government” approach.
Omicron is the fifth WHO-designated variant of concern first identified in South Africa. The other four are Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is ”not yet clear” if the newly-detected variant is more transmissible or causes more severe disease, but authorities across states in India ramped up efforts to deal with the evolving situation.