Kochi: State Health Minister Veena George said Kerala reported its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Kochi.
The man who returned to Kochi from the UK on 6 December had tested COVID-19 positive on 8 December and after genome sequencing, he was found positive for Omicron.
Veena George said, “The first case of Omicron was reported in Kochi, Kerala. The person concerned had returned to Kochi from UK on 6th December. He had tested Covid on 8th December.”
He further said that the high-risk passengers sitting next to him have been informed.
The health minister said, “There is no need to panic. His condition is stable. His wife and mother have tested positive for COVID. They have been shifted to an isolation ward. The mother and wife have been has been shifted to an isolation ward. We have taken all precautions.” added.
He further said that all action has been taken as per the guidelines of the Central Government and as part of this co-travellers were also informed.
Chandigarh reported its first case of Omicron, after swab samples from a fully vaccinated 20-year-old male traveler from Italy, who had tested COVID-19 positive on December 1, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Revealed the appearance of the new version of.
States including Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat have reported cases of the new COVID-19 variant, taking the total number of omicron cases in the country to 38.
On 26 November, WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa as ‘Omicron’. (ANI)
First published:December 12, 2021, 9:09 pm