5 contacts of a Bengaluru physician who examined constructive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 usually are not carrying that specific pressure – though they’re Covid-positive themselves – Gaurav Gupta, the Commissioner of the town’s municipal company, advised NDTV on Tuesday.
Mr Gupta stated data from well being officers and the genome sequencing lab analysing the 5 samples signifies the 5 wouldn’t have the Covid variant that has triggered widespread alarm globally over reviews it’s considerably extra infectious than the already virulent Delta variant.
A proper announcement from Karnataka Well being Minister Dr Okay Sudhakar is awaited.
“5 of his virtually 200 contacts that we traced turned out to be constructive. Their samples had been despatched for sequencing. Based on preliminary outcomes (the official has but to come back) they’re unfavourable for the brand new virus,” Mr Gupta advised NDTV.
“We’re within the means of ascertaining the state of affairs. Ten days in the past, we had Omicron in India… 10 days later what the state of affairs will likely be within the nation is troublesome to guess now,” he stated.
The 46-year-old metropolis physician was one of many first two Omicron Covid instances reported in India.
The opposite was a 66-year-old South African of Gujarati origin who examined Covid-positive on arrival and “fled” to Dubai after securing a unfavourable take a look at report from a personal lab.
The samples of each males examined constructive for Omicron final week. 13 main and 205 secondary contacts of the physician had been examined, of whom these 5 returned constructive Covid outcomes.
The physician advised NDTV he didn’t have a excessive fever and skilled solely delicate signs – which is consistent with advisories issued by the federal government and the World Well being Group.
Nevertheless, questions have been raised about his discharge whereas the sequencing outcomes had been pending. He examined constructive November 22 and was admitted to a personal hospital the identical day. Nevertheless, he was discharged 5 days later earlier than being re-admitted December 2.
On December three the Union Well being Ministry formally introduced he was an Omicron Covid case.
He was to be discharged this week, however examined constructive for COVID-19 once more.
As of Tuesday night, India has 23 confirmed instances of the Omicron pressure.