2 Omicron Cases Confirmed In India, One Has Left The Country; All you need to know

Two cases of Omicron variants were confirmed in Karnataka on Thursday.

One of the two is a 66-year-old man who had travelled from South Africa on November 11 with a negative covid report. He was tested at the Bangalore airport. The result was positive.

On November 20 his test samples were collected and sent for Genomic Sequencing through Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

That confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant.

His primary contacts were traced. All 24 contacts tested negative.

The person left India and travelled to Dubai on November 27 after undergoing a test at a private lab and getting a covid negative report.

The other confirmed Omicron case is of a 45-year-old anaesthetist from a government hospital in Bengaluru.

The doctor developed fever and body ache. On November 22, his RT PCR test result returned positive for COVID-19.

The reason his case is raising concerns is that he has no recent travel history. This raises the fear of local transmission of the virus.

He had 13 primary contacts out of which three tested COVID-19 positive, however, their genome sequencing has yet to confirm the Omicron variant.

Both the cases reportedly had mild symptoms.

The announcement was made after India that monitors the genomic variations confirmed the detection of the Omicron variant of Covid 19.

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