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Gujarat reports first case of XE variant of Covid in 67-yr-old man

A press note issued by the state government added that the 67-year old has comorbid conditions.

Earlier this week, a patient with foreign travel history was reported to have contracted the XE variant but the Health Ministry had denied the report. (Representational Photo)

After Maharashtra, Gujarat has reported a case of the new XE Covid-19 variant in a 67-year old man, as confirmed by the Gujarat Health department on Saturday. Meanwhile, the active case tally in Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar, went up to 37, with three more testing Covid-19 positive on Saturday, according to a statement from the university.

Additional Chief Secretary of Health department Manoj Aggarwal on Saturday confirmed that the XE variant has been detected in a Mumbai resident who was visiting Gotri, Vadodara. The 67-year old man, who who had tested positive for Covid-19 on March 12, was treated in home isolation, said Aggarwal.

A press note issued by the state government added that the 67-year old has comorbid conditions.

“Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre detected the XE variant in the patient 12 days ago. The sample was sent for confirmation as per INSACOG guidelines, to a Kolkata laboratory (DBT- National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani). The confirmation report of the XE variant was received Friday night,” said Aggarwal.

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Officials of Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) confirmed that the case had been detected from a sample collected in Vadodara on March 12.

Dr Devesh Patel, Medical Officer for Health (VMC), told The Sunday Express, “The patient was a 67-year-old male from Mumbai, who, along with his wife, was visiting Vadodara. They had checked into a hotel on arrival and the man had developed symptoms such as fever. They took a Covid-19 test and when the result came positive, they returned to Mumbai and were in strict home quarantine. He did not meet anyone in Vadodara.”

Meanwhile, speaking to media persons GNLU, which has emerged as on the Covid-19 hotspot that in the past two days, Aggarwal said that samples of students who have tested positive have been sent for genome sequencing and that the health department is keeping a watch on the situation.

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“Neighbouring colleges too have been sensitised to act immediately if they see any symptoms among their students and inform the health department of the same,” said Aggarwal.

Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation’s health teams continued surveillance activity on the GNLU campus on Saturday for the second consecutive day, after a total of 34 students tested positive on April 7 and 8. The GMC had conducted 167 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) as part of its surveillance activity on Friday and another 69 RATs on Saturday. GNLU was declared as a containment zone on April 8.

GNLU in an official statement said, “All those who have tested positive are on the road to recovery with no severe symptoms. But for one student who is hospitalised, all others are isolated in the campus guest house. They are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. One student, who is hospitalised, is reportedly stable. The doctor-in-attendance expects to discharge him from the hospital in a day or so.”

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From active cases hovering in the range of 64-76 cases each day the past week, the latest GNLU cases has pushed up the state tally of active cases as of Saturday to 114.

On Saturday, 34 new casss were reported across the state of which 23 cases were notified by the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation, as per the daily health bulletin issued by the state health department.

First published on: 09-04-2022 at 11:14:05 am
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