Monday, December 27, 2021

5-year-old, 3 other UK flyers new ‘Omicron’ suspects in West Bengal

Kolkata: The Omicron suspect count in Bengal increased by four on Sunday with two men aged 44 and 24, a 31-year-old woman and a five-year-old girl, who arrived in Kolkata from London, testing positive for Covid.

All of them have been put under institutional quarantine, a state health department official said. The four suspects flew in Air India flight AI-164 from Heathrow in London. The flight had 198 passengers while 180 of them — aged above five years of age — underwent tests.

“Four flyers were found positive for Covid-19 at the airport. Their samples will be sent for genome sequencing on Monday,” said health services director, Ajay Chakraborty. The four were initially directed to the dedicated isolation facility for Omicron suspects at the state-run Infectious Diseases and Beliaghata General Hospital (ID&BG). They were later transferred to private hospitals on request. The 44-year-old man admitted to the Dhakuria unit of AMRI is a resident of Kaikhali while the 24-year-old man and the 31-year-old woman, both residents of Shyambazar, are admitted to AMRI’s Salt Lake unit.

27/12/21 Sumati Yengkhom & Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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