Friday, December 03, 2021

Three int'l air travellers including a child test positive for Covid; TN Govt says tests will only ascertain if Omicron variant

Three international air travellers, including a child, who had arrived in Tamil Nadu from Singapore and the United Kingdom have tested positive for Covid-19 and the government ruled out social media reports claiming they were cases of Omicron but said tests only would conclude if they are infected with the latest variant of the coronavirus.

Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian said on Friday that a man who arrived at Tiruchirappalli from Singapore in the wee hours and the child who had come along with its family here from the UK have tested positive for Covid and regretted that there were claims in social media that both were infected with the Omicron variant.

"The passenger from Singapore arrived at Tiruchirappalli at 3.30 AM (on Friday). He tested positive and has been shifted to the local medical college where he has been quarantined. His sample will undergo genome sequencing and we have a facility here for this purpose. However, it will also be sent to a lab in Bengaluru and only after that result would we come to know if he is infected with Omicron," he said.

"He is only Covid positive as of now," the minister said.

Without divulging much details about the second case, he said the child along with its family have been admitted to the King Institute here where the relevant tests are being conducted.

"Another individual from the United Kingdom who arrived in Chennai this morning has tested positive. Currently, the testing of their samples is going on. This morning we said two of the passengers have tested positive. Now it has gone up to three," he told reporters at The King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research, Guindy in the evening.

The Minister along with the principal department health secretary J Radhakrishnan and senior health officials wearing a PPE kit inspected the a 200 bedded ward that has been exclusively set up at the King Institute of Preventive Medicine at Guindy in this connection.

03/12/21 PTI/Economic Times

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