Manipur reported the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Monday. A 48-year old from Imphal West, who had recently visited the East African country of Tanzania, was tested positive for COVID-19 on December 21, as per sources.

His sample was sent for genome sequencing at IBSD Takyelpat, Imphal. Three from his family have also tested positive, according to sources.

As of December 24, 462 international travellers with Manipur as final destination have come under surveillance by the health officials, according to the Directorate of Health Services, Manipur.

All are being tested by RT-PCR on the eight day of their arrival in India.

Out of these 462 international arrivals in Manipur, 155 have completed their 14 days of surveillance with all of them testing negative, as of December 24.

Of the remaining 307 under surveillance 194 have been tested on the 8th day with RT-PCR and 4 have tested positive. They are asymptomatic and are now in a government hospital.

The remaining 113 who are on surveillance for less than eight days will also be subjected to RT-PCR testing and necessary Genome sequencing, if found positive, the directorate stated.



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