12 Suspected Omicron Cases In Delhi Hospital, Results Not Out


All were hospitalized at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in Delhi (File)

New Delhi:

Twelve suspected cases of Omicron have been admitted to Delhi hospitals after arriving on international flights in the past three days. Their samples have been sent for genomic testing to confirm whether they are infected with the Omicron strain.

All are at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP) in Delhi. Eight were hospitalized yesterday after testing positive for Covid. Four more were admitted today but their Covid tests have not yet come out.

“Four are from the UK, four from France, some from Tanzania, one from Belgium. All are stable, only one has a fever,” said Suresh Kumar, medical director of the LNJP hospital.

He said samples have been sent for genomic testing and one of them infected with Omicron will be known in five or six days. “Genome sequencing is a long and complicated procedure,” Dr Kumar told DAILYNEWSCATCH.

So far, two cases of Omicron have been confirmed in India, both in Karnataka. One of them is a 46-year-old fully vaccinated Bangalore doctor with no travel history. He developed symptoms of fever and body aches on November 21.

Omicron’s other patient is a 66-year-old South African who arrived in India with a negative Covid report on November 20 and left for Dubai on a flight seven days later. The Karnataka government lodged a complaint alleging that he “escaped” from a hotel and took a plane.

In Tamil Nadu, two international air travelers, including a child, from “at risk” countries tested positive for Covid early this morning. The state government has denied reports that these were Omicron cases, adding that samples had been sent for genomic testing.

The Omicron variant, first discovered in South Africa, has been confirmed in 23 countries and its numbers are expected to increase, the WHO said.


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