A 47-year-old man who had arrived from Nigeria, along with six of his family members on December 10, has tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, marking the first such case being reported in Tamil Nadu, according to the State Minister Ma Subramanian. His family members too had tested positive for the virus.
The passenger, along with his asymptomatic family members, were admitted to The King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research in Chennai and were “doing fine”.
“In the initial level of testing of their sampling, there was S-gene drop raising the suspicion of being infected by Omicron. Now, we have received the results sent from the National Institute of Virology. The passenger has tested positive for Omicron,” Subramanian told reporters.
He attributed the intense screening of passengers at the four international airports in Tamil Nadu to the detection of the Omicron variant in the State. “All the passengers arriving from high-risk countries undergo RTPCR sampling tests while those passengers who arrive from non-risk countries are put to random sampling,” he said.
“Chief Minister ( M K Stalin) has issued orders and we have directed the district hospitals to strengthen the health infrastructure. “We have more than one lakh beds readily available and oxygen tank capacity level was at 1,400 metric tonnes at the hospitals. We have stepped up our efforts to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure in the State”, Subramanian said.
The main request on behalf of the government in this kind of situation to the people is that they should adhere to wearing a facial mask, getting vaccinated and adhering to the basic Covid-19 protocols at public places.
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