The spouse and brother-in-law of an NRI man, who had been discovered contaminated with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 right here in Gujarat per week again, had been additionally detected with the brand new pressure, officers of the Jamnagar Municipal Company (JMC) stated on Friday.
With this, Gujarat now has three sufferers of Omicron, categorised as a ‘variant of concern’ by the WHO after it was detected in Africa final month.
Genome sequencing of swab samples on the Gujarat Biotechnology Analysis Centre (GBRC) in Gandhinagar has established that each the COVID-19 sufferers had been additionally contaminated with the Omicron variant, the officers stated.
They had been shifted to a particular Omicron Ward created within the state-run Guru Gobind Singh Authorities Hospital within the metropolis, stated a launch by the JMC.
On December 4, genome sequencing of swab pattern had established that the 72-year-old NRI man, who arrived right here from Zimbabwe, one of many nations categorized as “at-risk” by the central authorities, had contracted the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The following day, the NRI man’s spouse, who got here with him from Zimbabwe, and his brother-in-law, who lives in Jamnagar, examined constructive for the coronavirus.
Their swab samples had been despatched to GBRC to seek out out whether or not they had been contaminated with the Omicron variant, stated the discharge.
Genomic sequencing is a course of to decode genes in SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, to assist scientists discover which variant is likely to be current in swab samples.
Notably, no different relations or college college students who used to go to the home of the NRI man’s brother-in-law for tuitions, examined constructive for coronavirus throughout contact tracing and testing train.
As a precautionary measure, the municipal company had declared the residential society, the place the NRI’s household resides, a micro-containment zone and restricted the motion of individuals there by placing barricades.
As directed, officers had additionally carried out an train of administering COVID-19 vaccines to folks within the space who haven’t taken the primary or second dose until date, the discharge stated.
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