12 admitted in Delhi’s Lok Nayak hospital

New Delhi: Twelve suspected cases of Omicron variant have been admitted to Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital till Friday evening, a top official said.

Hospital Director Suresh Kumar informed that of the 12 suspects who arrived in India from various regions that have reported Omicron cases, eight have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Eight cases have tested positive while results of rest of the four are awaited,” he said.

“The samples of positive patients have been sent for whole-genome sequencing. We are awaiting its results as well,” he added.

Kumar further said that the hospital is expected to receive the results of genome sequencing in a day or two.

He also added that the symptoms of all the positive cases are mild in nature so far. We are constantly monitoring their symptoms, he said.

According to officials, four of the 12 passengers arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) from the UK, four from France, two from the Netherlands and the remaining two travelled from the US.

So far, two individuals have been detected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the country.

The cases include a South African national and a doctor who were found infected with the Omicron or B.1.1.529 variant of SARS-CoV-2 in Bengaluru.

The individuals, both male, aged 66 and 46 have recently travelled to South Africa where the majority of the cases for the new variant have been reported from. (UNI)

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