Mr. Karnataka announced today that 5 contacts with an Omicron patient were all positive for Covid, shortly after the Union Health Ministry said the first patients of the new Covid variant had been found in the urine. state. The patients have been isolated and their samples sent for genome testing, Karnataka said amid concerns about the highly infectious strain of bacteria that has caused global alarm.
One of the initial two patients was a 46-year-old fully vaccinated doctor from Bengaluru, who developed symptoms of fever and body aches on November 21.
He tested positive the next day and was hospitalized; His samples were submitted for genome sequencing on the same day. But three days later he was discharged.
After extensive contact tracing, Karnataka authorities said he had 13 direct contacts and more than 250 secondary contacts.
The other confirmed Omicron patient is a 66-year-old South African citizen who arrived in India with a negative Covid report.
The man, who received both doses of the vaccine, tested positive on arrival and had no symptoms, and was then asked to self-isolate.
A week later, with a negative Covid report from a private laboratory, he flew to Dubai. Samples from 24 of his primary contacts and 240 of his secondary contacts tested negative.