Nepal reports 2 Omicron variant cases

Kathmandu: The Ministry of Health and Population revealed on Monday that two people in Nepal have been confirmed to be infected with the Omicron Covid-19 variant, making them the first known cases of the new strain.

The two sick individuals, according to the Ministry, are a Nepali (71) and a foreigner (66), and they have both been completely vaccinated against Covid. The foreign national had produced a recent negative PCR report upon his arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. The S-gene target failed during testing, thus S-gene sequencing was done, and the Omicron variant was detected during the test.

According to the Ministry, the Nepali national had come into contact with the foreigner, following which they both had symptoms and were tested, resulting in a positive diagnosis. 66 samples of those who had come into touch with the two sick were tested, with the results coming back negative. The samples were all tested at Teku's National Public Health Laboratory. Omicron has been termed a "variety of concerns" by the World Health Organization, and various investigations are underway to better understand its nature.

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