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Omicron enters Gujarat, first case reported in Jamnagar


Jamnagar: The sample of the man who had arrived in Jamnagar from Zimbabwe has tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the health department confirmed on Saturday.

The sample of the patient who had tested positive had been sent to the laboratory  to see if it had the Omicron variant.

Additional Chief Secretary of health department Manoj Agrawal had said earlier that the sample of the 72-year-old had been sent to the Biotechnological Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad.

Believed to be a native of Jamnagar, the man had been living in Zimbabwe for past several years and had come to meet his father-in-law.

His RT-PCR was positive, following which the health authorities were informed as he came for a country classified as “at risk”.

His samples were then sent for genome sequencing.

Prior to this, two confirmed cases of Omicron were reported from Karnataka.

Omicron has been designated as a Variant of Concern. Following its detection for the first time in late November, the government of India issued new travel guidelines with effect from December 1.

The new guidelines mandated RT-PCR for international travellers immediately upon arrival in India from “at risk” countries, in addition to a negative RT-PCR report taken within



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