12 people suspected of Omicron admitted to LNJP hospital in Delhi

Published on : 12:56 PM Dec 03, 2021

12 patients suspected of infected with the new Omicron variant Omicron have been admitted to LNJP hospital in Delhi. Four people have been admitted today, out of which, two have been tested Covid-19 positive while the test results for the other two are awaited, sources said. Samples of all four patients will be sent for genome sequencing today.

New Delhi: As many as 12 patients suspected to be infected with the Covid-19 'Omicron' variant have been admitted so far to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital in Delhi, said the sources on Friday.

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As per the sources, eight patients were admitted to the LNJP hospital yesterday. "Four others have been admitted today, out of which, two have been tested Covid-19 positive while the test results for the other two are awaited," stated sources.

Of these four people, two have come from the UK, one from France and one from the Netherlands, sources added. Further, they informed that the samples of all four patients will be sent for genome sequencing today. Advertisement

Earlier on Thursday, the Union Health Ministry informed that two cases of the potentially more dangerous coronavirus strain were detected in Karnataka.

Also Read: 2 foreign travellers test positive in TN, samples sent for genome sequencing

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"Two people found positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19. One person is about 66-years-old and a South African national, who has gone back. Another person is a 46-year-old doctor. He does not have any travel history," Karnataka health minister Dr. K. Sudhakar told media persons.

A new variant of Covid-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year. On November 26, the WHO named the new variant detected in South Africa, as 'Omicron'.

The WHO has classified Omicron as a 'variant of concern'. Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered. The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.

Also Read: Omicron threat: Four travellers from 'at risk' country test Covid positive in Rajasthan

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India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

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