8 samples from Kerala turn negative for Omicron


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Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George on Tuesday said that the samples of eight people sent for genome sequencing from the state have turned negative. Samples of people from Kozhikode (2), Malappuram (2), Ernakulam (2), Thiruvananthapuram (1) and Pathanamthitta (1) were found negative.

In a major relief to the state, eight of the 10 samples sent for genome sequencing so far have tested negative. The result of the remaining two samples is awaited. Genome sequencing samples were collected from people who arrived from high-risk countries and was confirmed positive for Covid-19 in the RTPCR test. Following this, their samples were sent for genome testing in the lab of the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology.

Meanwhile, another person who arrived at the Kozhikode airport from a high-risk country also turned covid positive. His sample has been sent for genome sequencing. The health minister said that although the initial results were negative, there should be no lack of vigilance on the matter.

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