Amid concerns over the widespread spread of the new Covid strain ‘Omicron’, two South African nationals have tested positive for coronavirus and their samples have been sent for further testing to confirm. sure about this variant, a top official said Saturday.
Both of them have been quarantined and there is no need to worry, he said.
“From November 1 to 26, a total of 94 people came from South Africa, of which two people have tested positive for the usual Covid-19. So people need not worry. “, Bengaluru Deputy Rural Commissioner K Srinivas, who has the authority to arrive at Kempegowda International Airport, said.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said that both infected people have been isolated, are being monitored by the authorities and their samples have been sent for further testing to identify the variant.
Noting that ten countries have been identified as high-risk, DC says all countries from there are required to undergo testing, and those that test positive are being tested. quarantine.
He said 584 people had arrived in Bengaluru from ten high-risk countries between November 1 and 26.
Observing that cases of new variants have been detected in the past one week in countries such as Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong and Israel, State Health Minister K Sudhakar earlier today said the guidelines were up. issued to airports stating that people traveling from these countries to the city must undergo a test despite reporting a negative Covid test, and they will only be allowed out of the airport after negative test results.
“Even after the result is negative, they will have to stay at home and after seven days they will have to test again, and after receiving the negative report, one can go out,” he added. .