Kerala reports five more Omicron cases; tally climbs to 29

With this, the total number of Omicron cases in the state rose to 29. Out of which 17 came from nigh-risk countries and 10 from low-risk countries. 2 Omicron cases were reported due to contact.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George informed that five more cases of COVID-19 variant Omicron have been reported in the state on Thursday. The Omicron variant was detected in four people who arrived at Ernakulam and in one person from Kozhikode.

With this, the number of Omicron cases in the state touched 29. Out of which 17 came from high-risk countries and 10 from low-risk countries. 2 Omicron cases reported were due to contact.

In Ernakulam, two people aged 28 and 24 who arrived from the UK, a 35-year-old man from Albania, and a 40-year-old Pathanamthitta native from Nigeria tested positive for the Omicron variant. The 28-year-old who arrived in Ernakulam from the UK is a Kottayam native.

Three people who tested positive in Ernakulam landed in Kerala on December 15, 19 and 20. Pathanamthitta native landed on December 14 and tested positive for COVID-19 in the test conducted on December 18 during home quarantine. His father, mother, wife and two children are on the primary contact list.

The 21-year-old Kozhikode native who tested positive had arrived at Kozhikode on December 19 after landing in Bengaluru airport on December 17.

The samples were sent to Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology for genome sequencing and the results confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant. All patients are undergoing treatment at hospitals. Their contact lists are being prepared.

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