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South Africa Returnee Tests Covid Positive In Mumbai, Samples To Be Sent For Genome Sequencing

The returnee travelled from South Africa to Mumbai via Delhi. He has been quarantined at Municipal Corporation’s isolation room. Meanwhile, his brother has been tested negative.

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New Delhi: A person, who returned from South Africa to Dombivli, has tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, said the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC). “A person, who returned from South Africa, has been tested positive for Covid-19. His samples will be sent for genome sequencing to ascertain whether he has been infected with new variant Omricon,” said Dr Pratibha Panpatil, health officer, KDMC.

“He had travelled from South Africa to Mumbai via Delhi. He has been quarantined at Municipal Corporation’s isolation room. Meanwhile, his brother has been tested negative, and other family members samples will be collected on Monday,” said Dr Panpatil.

The central government has asked all states to step up intensive containment and active surveillance as well as to ensure better vaccination coverage amid rising concerns over ‘Omicron’, the new coronavirus strain which was first detected in South Africa.

India has placed nations where this variant of concern has been found in the category of “at-risk” countries for additional follow-up measures of travellers coming to India.

“It is imperative that intensive containment, active surveillance, increased coverage of vaccination and Covid-appropriate behaviour be enforced in a very proactive measure to effectively manage this variant of concern,” the Health Ministry said in a statement today.

ALSO READ: Covid Test On Arrival, 7-Day Home Quarantine: Govt Imposes New Rules For Passengers From At-Risk Nations Amid ‘Omicron’ Fear

There is already a reporting mechanism for obtaining past travel details of passengers coming through international flights, and this should be reviewed at your level, the centre told the states.

“Ample testing infrastructure needs to be operationalised to tackle any surge due to this mutated virus. It has been observed that the overall testing as well as the proportion of RT-PCR tests have declined in some states. In the absence of sufficient testing, it is extremely difficult to determine the true level of infection spread,” the Health Ministry said.

Regular monitoring of hotspots should be done. The areas where recent clusters of positive cases have emerged should be under surveillance. Saturation testing is needed at hotspots and all positive samples should be sent to designated labs for genome sequencing.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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