Ladakh reports first Omicron case

By: Tasaduq Hussain

Leh: After making its way to Jammu and Kashmir, the neighboring Ladakh region reported its first variant case of Omicron virus after a man with a travel history of Nepal tested positive on Saturday.

The Omicron variant is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. And as of December 2021 is the newest variant.

A senior Health Official while talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that a man with a travel history of Nepal has tested positive for the variant Omicron who belongs to the Kargil district of the Ladakh union territory.

The official said that the patient arrived at Leh airport on December 7 and underwent mandatory sampling of RT-PCR during which he was put under quarantine.

The official said that though he tested negative for COVID-19, samples for the variant Omicron were collected and sent for lab examination. “The sample results have returned positive and the individual has been immediately isolated and necessary precautionary measures have been taken besides whatever is required is being done timely,” the senior Health official said requesting anonymity.

He said that all his contacts are undergoing sampling and it is also being ensured that no one is left behind and all the measures to ensure that it doesn’t spread further are being taken by the authorities.

Meanwhile, officials in Kargil told KNO that all required measures have been taken and people especially his contacts are being encouraged to undergo sampling without any miss to ensure the safety of every individual and contain the further spread.

“People need to follow all the necessary measures to contain the spread and they are very well aware of the conditions in the region during the winter session with which it becomes more important that every individual ensures their safety and ensure appropriate behaviour,” the official said.

The official also said that the administration is well prepared but people need to cooperate and follow all measures.

Meanwhile, top administrative officials in Ladakh told KNO that there will be a blanket ban on the large gatherings and festivals that witness huge rush and it will be encouraged that people limit their attendance and cooperate with the authorities—(KNO)

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