Woman who arrived in Hyderabad from UK has tested positive

Hyderabad: A 35-year-old lady from the United Kingdom arrived in Hyderabad on Thursday and tested positive for coronavirus, the official said.

The woman was isolated at the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS), and her samples were sent for whole genome sequencing to see if she was infected with Omicron, a novel Covid-19 strain. Dr. G. Srinivasa Rao, Director of Public Health, told reporters that the woman's health is fine and that she has no symptoms.

This is the first Covid positive case among passengers arriving in Hyderabad from 'at risk' nations. On Wednesday, British Airways and Singapore Airlines each brought 206 passengers to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, he added. All passengers, with the exception of the 35-year-old woman, tested negative.

She was transferred to TIMS, a government-run facility for isolating Covid-19 positive travellers arriving from 'at-risk' nations. At Hyderabad Airport, the Health Department has increased surveillance and is administering Covid tests to all travellers arriving from 12 'at-risk' nations.

Passengers will be required to wait at the airport until the results of the Covid-19 testing are received.

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