Director public health, Government of AP Press Note On OMICRON Cases


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A 34 Years old Foreign Traveller came from Ireland to Mumbai Airport, tested and found Negative for COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. He was allowed to travel and came to Visakhapatnam on 27.11.2021. On conducting a Retest at Vizianagaram, RTPCR Test was found Positive for COVID-19. His sample was sent to CCMB, Hyderabad for Genome Sequencing and the result was declared as OMICRON Positive. He does not have any symptoms and was re-tested on 11.12.2021 and RT-PCR results were found to be Negative for COVID-19. There are no other Omicron cases in the state.

This is the first case of OMICRON identified in Andhra Pradesh. So far a total of 15 Foreign Travel lers were found COVID-19 RTPCR Positive and all the 15 Samples were sent to CCMB for Genome sequenc ing. Whole-genome sequencing Reports are received in 10 cases and of them, one is identified as OMI CRON. The public is advised not to worry and be lieve in any rumours but continue to take precautions and follow social distancing, wearing of a mask, washing hands regularly.

Director public health, Government of AP.

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