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breaking news Two South Africans test positive for Covid-19 due to the threat of a new variant that is looming


Amid fears of the spread of the looming new strain of Covid ‘Omicron’, two South African nationals tested positive for the coronavirus, and their samples were sent for further testing to determine the variant, a senior official said on Saturday. . Both have been quarantined and there was nothing to worry about, he said.

“From November 1 to 26, a total of 94 people came from South Africa, of them, two tested positive for regular Covid-19. So people don’t have to worry,” said Bengaluru Rural Deputy Commissioner K Srinivas , under which the jurisdiction of Kempegowda International Airport comes, it said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said, both infected people have been quarantined, are being monitored by authorities, and their samples have been sent for further tests to determine the variant.

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Noting that ten countries have been identified as high risk, the DC said that all who come from there must be tested on a mandatory basis, and those who tested positive are in quarantine. Up to 584 people have arrived in Bengaluru from ten high-risk countries between November 1 and 26, he said.

Noting that cases of the new variants have been detected in the last week in countries such as Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong and Israel, the state’s Health Minister, K Sudhakar, said today that guidelines have been given to airports that indicate to Those traveling from these countries to the city have to undergo a test despite having a negative Covid test report, and will be allowed to leave the airport only after the test is negative.

“Even after testing negative, they will have to stay home and after seven days they will have to be tested again, and after getting a negative report, you can go out,” he added.

(Edited by : Jomy Jos Pullokaran)

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