Saturday, December 18, 2021

3 UK Returnees Test Positive For COVID At Goa Airport; Samples Sent For genome Sequencing

Three passengers who landed in Goa on Friday morning from the United Kingdom tested positive for COVID, according to State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing to determine whether or not they are infected with the Omicron variant, and the results are pending, according to the health ministry.

"Three individuals tested positive after a flight from the United Kingdom arrived this morning. Their samples were sent for genomic sequencing, and results are expected soon," Rane tweeted. Karnataka reported five more cases of COVID-19's new strain, Omicron, on Thursday, bringing the total to eight.

The novel Coronavirus variant has begun to spread across the country, with the total number of cases climbing to 93 after 10 more cases of the Omicron form were recorded on Friday in the national capital Delhi. While Maharashtra has the highest number of Omicron cases in the country (32), Rajasthan has the lowest number (17). Cases have been reported in Karnataka (8), Gujarat (5), Kerala (5), Telangana (7), Tamil Nadu (1), West Bengal (1), and Andhra Pradesh (1), as well as the Union Territories of Delhi (20) and Chandigarh (1). Karnataka was the first state in the country to report Omicron cases. The state reported two cases of Omicron on December 2.

In response to mounting concerns, the Central government has directed states to increase monitoring and genetic sequencing. As a result of new travel limits, airport security has been tightened.

17/12/21 Srishti Goel/

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