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Punjab reports first Omicron case

Chandigarh, December 29

Punjab has reported its first Omicron case with a 36-year-old man, who got here from Spain earlier this month, testing constructive for the brand new variant of coronavirus.

The person, who arrived in India on December 4, visited his kin in Nawanshahr in Punjab, a well being official stated.

The person examined unfavorable for coronavirus upon his arrival. Nevertheless, he examined constructive on December 12, he stated.

He was then admitted to a hospital and his samples have been despatched for genome sequencing at a facility arrange on the Authorities Medical School, Patiala, the official added.

“The genome sequencing report declaring him constructive for the Omicron variant got here on December 28,” stated Dr Rajiv Bhaskar, state nodal officer for Covid-19.

The person was examined once more on December 25 and his report got here again unfavorable, following which he was discharged from the hospital, the officer stated.

In the meantime, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni directed officers to ramp up Covid testing and vaccination within the state.

Presiding over a gathering of the well being division, Soni, who additionally holds the well being portfolio, took inventory of the prevailing Covid scenario within the state.

In accordance with officers, Punjab’s positivity fee stands at 0.3 per cent and has elevated barely over the previous few days. —PTI

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