Sunday, December 05, 2021

Amid 'Omicron' Fear, Telangana Steps Up Surveillance At Hyderabad Airport

Hyderabad: Amid rising concerns over ''Omicron'', the new variant of COVID-19, surveillance mechanism has been intensified at the international airport in Hyderabad, a senior health official said today.

Though no cases of Omicron variant have been reported in Telangana so far, the official said, "It would not be surprising if the new variant gets reported in Hyderabad or Telangana."

The Telangana government has geared up for a possible third wave of cases and has intensified the vaccination exercise, he said. "We have intensified our surveillance mechanism at the international airport here. Since December 1, as many as 979 international travellers from 'at-risk' countries arrived at Hyderabad international airport and on Saturday 70 international travellers came," Director of Public Health (DPH) Dr G Srinivasa Rao told reporters here.

RT-PCR tests were conducted and 13 of them were found positive for COVID-19 and the samples sent for genome sequencing in view of the Omicron variant threat, he said.

The genome sequencing reports of the 13 passengers are expected to come today evening or tomorrow after which it will be known whether they have the Omicron or Delta variant, he said, adding that the 13 who tested positive have been shifted to the designated health facilities.

05/12/21 PTI/NDTV

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