Passenger from South Africa tested positive for Covid in Mumbai

Health officials are yet to discover if he is infected with the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron.

Travellers walk near an electronic flight notice board displaying cancelled flights at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron. - A flurry of countries around the world have banned ban flights from southern Africa following the discovery of the variant, including the United States, Canada, Australia,Thailand, Brazil and several European countries. The main countries targeted by the shutdown include South Africa, Botswana, eSwatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

On November 24, a 32-year-old resident of Dombivli, Mumbai, arrived from South Africa via Delhi, was tested positive for Covid. Health officials are yet to discover if he is infected with the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron.

Pratibha Panpatil, Chief Medical Officer of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) said, “The passenger travelled from Cape Town to Delhi via Mumbai. He was tested in Delhi and was allowed to get on board in flight which was going to Mumbai.
When he arrived in Mumbai, the test results came to be positive. He is not showing symptoms but he has quarantined himself. A while later, the health corporation admitted him and put him in quarantine”

The KDMC officials then alerted the airport authorities, they are trying to locate the man’s co-passengers.

Dr Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) said, “We sent the samples of the passenger to Genome Sequencing Test that can find out if he is carrying the symptoms of Omicron Variant.”

The guidelines for international passengers, according to the Centre, passengers cannot leave the airport without giving the samples for RT-PCR tests. They will have to go in quarantine for seven days when they go home and retest on eighth day to confirm.

Officials aforementioned that ninety seven of the 466 passengers arrived in Mumbai that are residents of the city. The civic body is on an individual basis contacting all passengers for his or her health updates.


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