Vijayawada: The government of Andhra Pradesh confirmed the second case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in the state on Wednesday. The Omicron-positive patient is a 39-year-old Kenyan international traveller.
Dr. Hymavati, Director of the Andhra Pradesh Public Health Department, stated, "On December 10, a 39-year-old foreign traveller arrived from Kenya at Chennai Airport." She arrived in Tirupati by car. She was tested upon arrival in Tirupati and was found to be RT-PCR positive for COVID19 on December 12." On December 22, the sample was sent to the Centre For Cellular And Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad for Genome Sequencing, and the result was declared Omicron Positive.
The state government stated in a notice, "This is the second case of Omicron identified in Andhra Pradesh." So far, 45 foreign travellers and 9 contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 RTPCR."
"All of the samples were then sent to the CCMB for genome sequencing." The public is advised not to be concerned or believe any rumours, but to continue to take precautions such as social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand washing on a regular basis," it added.