The Well being Division has despatched the samples of a pair, who just lately arrived on the Coimbatore Worldwide Airport from Sweden and had been discovered to be COVID-19 optimistic, to the State Public Well being Laboratory in Chennai to substantiate whether or not they had contracted the Omicron variant.
Sources within the Well being Division stated on Saturday, the 36-year-old lady and her husband, estimated to be round 40 years, arrived on the Indira Gandhi Worldwide Airport in New Delhi from Sweden on December 13. After their swab samples had been lifted, they boarded a flight to Coimbatore from Delhi and arrived on the identical day.
Nevertheless, the samples lifted in New Delhi returned unfavourable, the sources stated. As per the Well being Division’s protocol for worldwide travellers, the couple’s samples had been examined on December 20, the eighth day of their return utilizing the TaqPath ‘S’ gene diagnostic package on the Coimbatore Medical Faculty Hospital, to detect the Omicron variant of the virus.
Following this take a look at, the person had left to Kerala on account of private causes. Nevertheless, the diagnostic package detected the S-gene dropout in each their samples, indicating that they could have been contaminated with the Omicron variant. Whereas the girl was despatched for isolation on the Authorities Medical Faculty and ESI Hospital, the husband was knowledgeable of the take a look at outcomes and remoted himself at an hospital in Idukki, in response to the sources.
On December 22, their samples had been despatched to the State Public Well being Laboratory in Chennai for entire genomic sequencing. The outcomes are awaited, sources stated.