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Omicron-infected man returned to Gujarat from Zimbabwe, India's 3rd case

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  • 4th December, 2021 05:59:47 PM
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Omicron-infected man returned to Gujarat from Zimbabwe, India's 3rd case

A man who returned from Zimbabwe has been found infected with the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Gujarat's Jamnagar, the state health department said. This is the third Omicron case in India.

The sample of the Jamnagar resident, a 72-year-old man, was sent for genome sequencing after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, news agency PTI reported quoting the state health department, adding Gujarat health commissioner Jai Prakash Shivhare has confirmed that the man was found infected with Omicron.

A micro-containment zone has been created where the Omicron-infected man stays and Gujarat officials are tracing and testing people there. 

"We've isolated him and are monitoring him. A micro containment zone has been made where he is living. In the area, we will do the tracing, testing of people," Manoj Aggarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Gujarat, told news agency ANI.

The other two cases in India are of a 46-year-old fully vaccinated doctor from Bengaluru, who had no travel history and developed symptoms of fever and body ache, and a 66-year-old South African national who came to India with a negative COVID-19 report.

The country has stepped up testing and surveillance of all incoming international passengers, especially from at-risk nations since the Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa.