Mumbai: 9 overseas travellers tested positive for COVID

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Friday, December 3,  that nine overseas travellers, including one from South Africa, who arrived at Mumbai International Airport between November 10 and December 2 tested positive for COVID-19. The BMC has sent the patients' samples to be sequenced in order to determine if they are positive for the novel COVID-19 variant Omicron.

India has also added numerous nations to the list of countries where visitors must take extra precautions upon arrival, including post-entry infection testing. Meanwhile, the Centre announced on Thursday that two people in Karnataka had tested positive for the Omicron variety.

The novel COVID-19 variant was originally reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 25 by South Africa. According to the WHO, the first confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was detected in a sample obtained on November 9 of this year. The new COVID-19 variation B.1.1.529, which was discovered in South Africa, was given the name 'Omicron' by the WHO on November 26. Omicron is a 'variant of concern,' according to the World Health Organization.

Since the mutation was revealed, many countries have put travel restrictions on the southern African countries.

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