Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said all the four new patients of Omicron variant of coronavirus have a history of travel to foreign countries.
New Delhi: The national capital Delhi has detected four more cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said all the four new patients have a history of travel to foreign countries.
The minister said there has been no community spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus thus far and the situation is under control in the national capital.
“So far, six people have been found Omicron positive in the capital. One of them has been discharged. All of them had travelled to foreign countries and were transferred to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital from the (Indira Gandhi International) airport,” Jain told reporters Tuesday.
According to the Aam Aadmi Party leader, the five remaining Omicron-positive patients continue to be stable.
As of today, 74 inbound travellers have been admitted to the LNJP Hospital from the IGI Airport. A special ward established at the government-run hospital has been isolating and treating suspected Omicron cases. So far, 36 of these patients have been discharged and 38 continue to remain admitted at the hospital.
Jain assured that the Arvind Kejrwal government is geared up to tackle the threat from any coronavirus variant.
A 37-year-old man from Jharkhand’s Ranchi, who was Delhi’s first Omicron patient, was discharged from the hospital on Monday after testing negative for COVID-19 twice. He had come to Delhi from Tanzania via Doha, on a Qatar Airways flight, on December 2. The man had stayed in South Africa’s Johannesburg for a week and had reported mild symptoms.
The Government of India has put in place new norms to tackle the threat from the Omicron variant. RT-PCR tests are now mandatory for passengers travelling to India from “at-risk” countries. Such passengers are allowed to exit the airport only after their test results come negative.
Further, authorities are also randomly testing two per cent of the passengers arriving on flights from other countries.