Tamil Nadu: 28 returnees test positive for Covid, Omicron variant suspected

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Chennai | Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Ma Subramanian, said on Friday that the state health department has sent the samples of 28 passengers, who arrived from at-risk and non-risk countries, for genome sequencing analysis.

The minister said that these samples have been sent for genome sequencing after the persons tested positive for Covid-19.

Subramanian also told reporters that he would seek Central government’s permission to conduct mandatory RT- PCR test for passengers arriving from non-risk countries after they complete their seven-day quarantine, adding that a passenger from Nigeria, a non-risk country, had tested positive for Omicron.

Subramanian said that 14,688 people who had arrived in the state from both at-risk and non-risk countries had undergone Covid tests, of which 70 have tested positive.


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