Gurugram: 412 travellers from 12 ‘at risk’ countries in home quarantine

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GURUGRAM: A total of 1,888 international travellers, including local residents and foreign nationals, who arrived in the city since November 26 have been asked to self-monitor themselves for 14 days.
A fifth of these returnees — 412 — were from 12 ‘at risk’ countries, who are in home quarantine and will undergo a repeat RT-PCR test for Covid-19 eight days after their first sample was taken. All of them had returned a negative report.
The health department said none of the flyers has any Covid symptoms at present.
“Our teams are calling everyone to check in case they develop any symptoms and will trace contacts if anyone turns positive,” said Gurugram chief medical officer Virender Yadav.
The CMO urged people to follow Covid protocols, maintain social distancing and wear a mask while stepping out.
Gurugram currently has 300 rapid response teams — 180 in urban areas and 120 in rural areas — that are carrying out contact tracing of Covid patients. Each team has two members, including an auxiliary nursing midwife (ANM) and an accredited social health activist (ASHA).
The health department has also directed all private hospitals and labs to share on a daily basis a list of samples of people who have returned from ‘at risk’ countries. Labs have been directed to preserve 1ml of samples of such persons so that if any positive report comes, the same can be sent immediately for genome sequencing.
Meanwhile, doctors have advised people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
“Omicron’s transmissibility may be faster than previous variants. But nothing can be concluded so far as this variant is new and research may come up with new findings and results. We need to be more cautious than before. People must not ignore any symptom and should consult a doctor. They should also get vaccinated at the earliest,” said Dr Tushar Tayal, senior consultant, internal medicine, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.
New Delhi: Two more persons suspected to be suffering from Covid-19 due to the Omicron variant were referred to Delhi’s Lok Nayak hospital on Friday. With this, the total number of such persons, mostly persons with a history of travel to countries such as the UK, France, Belgium and South Africa, isolated at Lok Nayak has reached 12.
“Eight of them are Covid positive while the test reports of four others are still awaited,” said a senior official. He added that the genome sequencing of samples taken from them is also in process and results should be available in the next two to three days. All travellers, except one with a history of travel to Tanzania, are asymptomatic, the official added.
“The person with a history of travel to Tanzania has high fever and body ache and he is being administered medications to manage the symptoms,” he informed. Reports from South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected first, suggest the new variant leads mostly to extreme fatigue and body ache among other symptoms. A dedicated team of doctors, nurses and other staff members have been deputed in the ward.
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