Omicron Variant Karnataka: Man Who Returned From Sa Is K’taka’s 3rd Omicron Patient | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Karnataka on Sunday reported its third Covid-19 patient with the Omicron variant. He’s a 34-year-old Bengalurean who returned from a business trip from South Africa over 10 days ago.
The man, who is isolated at the Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College and Research Institute, had at least 20 contacts — five primary and 15 secondary — that have been traced and tested negative. Health minister K Sudhakar confirmed this in a tweet.

BBMP special commissioner (health) Dr KV Trilok Chandra told TOI: “He arrived on the midnight of November 29-30. He is asymptomatic and being treated at Bowring hospital. All 20 contacts, including his family members, have tested negative.”
The new patient, officials said, had tested negative on arrival. “However, he developed a sore throat the next day at home. He was tested for the second time and found to be Covid-19 positive,” an official said. His swab sample was immediately sent for genomic sequencing and the result came in late Saturday, another official added.
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India’s first two Omicron variant patients — a 66-year-old foreign national and a 46-year-old doctor from Bengaluru — were reported from Karnataka. The government drew flak over the foreign national leaving the country after procuring a negative certificate from a private laboratory.
Karnataka has been screening all international passengers from ‘at risk’ countries and a special officer for surveillance has been appointed. Of over 5,000 international passengers from at risk countries who arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) between December 1 and 10, only five tested positive.

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