Omicron variant reaches Manipur, one case detected

IT News
Imphal, Dec 27:

First case of Omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in the state of Manipur Today. Director of State Health department Dr. K. Rajo confirmed the report while talking to a local reporter through telephonic conversation. He however said that there is no need to be panic as the infection by the new variant is mild but added that stringent precautionary measures had been taken up as it spread quickly
The person detected with the Omicron variant is a 48-year old person from Imphal West, who had recently visited the East African country of Tanzania and return back to Imphal via Delhi on December 21.
His sample was sent for genome sequencing at IBSD Takyelpat, Imphal according to sources.
As of December 24, 462 international travelers with Manipur as final destination have come under surveillance by the health officials, according to the Directorate of Health Services, Manipur.
All are being tested by RT-PCR on the eight-day of their arrival in India.
Out of these 462 international arrivals in Manipur, 155 have completed their 14 days of surveillance with all of them testing negative, as of December 24.
Of the remaining 307 under surveillance 194 have been tested on the 8th day with RT-PCR and 4 have tested positive. They are asymptomatic and are now in a government hospital.
The remaining 113 who are on surveillance for less than eight days will also be subjected to RT-PCR testing and necessary Genome sequencing, if found positive, the directorate stated.

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