In Maharashtra, six passengers who returned from South Africa and other at-risk countries are COVID positive amid the threat of a new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Of these, one each in Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, Mira Bhayandar and Pune, while two people who returned from Nigeria have been found positive in Pimpri Chinchwad.
However, it is not yet known whether they are infected with the Omicron variant of Corona or not. The Public Health Department of Maharashtra said on Tuesday, 30 November that samples of all these people had been sent for genome sequencing. Their contacts are also being traced. Mild symptoms have been found in these. All these have been kept under observation.
Earlier also, there was news that a person who returned to Mumbai from South Africa was found Corona infected. Pratibha Panpatil, Chief Health Officer of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation, told The Indian Express,
The passenger had left Cape Town and reached Delhi via Dubai. His COVID test was done in Delhi, and after the test, he was allowed to come to Mumbai. He came to Mumbai only by flight.
After coming to Mumbai, it was found that he is COVID positive. He did not have symptoms of COVID and had quarantined himself at home. Later the Municipal Corporation quarantined him in an institute.
New guideline of Maharashtra government
The Maharashtra government has also issued new guidelines regarding the latest variant of Corona. People returning from foreign travel in Maharashtra will have to provide travel details for the last 15 days. There will be separate counters for checking passengers coming from countries infected with Omicron.
It will be mandatory for people travelling to at-risk countries to undergo RTPCR tests every second, fourth and seventh day. If found positive, they will be shifted to the hospital. If found negative after seven days, you will have to stay in home quarantine for seven days.
Passengers returning from abroad, who will have a connecting flight, will first have to undergo an RTPCR test and only if the report comes negative they will be allowed to board the connecting flight. At the same time, the RTPCR test will be mandatory for travellers from non-risk countries and will have to go to the hospital if found positive.
Center’s new guidelines
Given the danger of Omicron variants, the central government has also set new guidelines for passengers coming to India from outside countries. These instructions are especially for travellers coming from countries where the Omicron variant has been found. A random sampling of passengers coming from other countries will be done. This random sampling will be sent for genome sequencing.
Apart from this, people coming from countries where the Omicron variant has not been found and whose sample has also been found negative have been advised to monitor their health in a good way for two weeks.
Omicron is expanding its range.
If we talk about Omicron variants, then it is continuously expanding its scope. After South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Belgium and Israel, it has now been found in other countries. Amidst the threat of Omicron variants, many countries have announced to ban the movement of South Africa.
The South African government has called these announcements discriminatory. On his behalf, it has been said that he is being punished for finding a new variant of COVID in time.