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Omicron scare: Kerala doctor’s samples sent for Covid genome sequencing

The doctor from Kozhikode had tested Covid-positive on November 28 and has been asymptomatic.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: December 3, 2021 6:12:24 pm
The doctor, a native of Kozhikode, had tested Covid positive on November 28 | Representational image

Kerala has sent samples of a 46-year-old doctor who came from the UK on November 21 for genome sequencing to detect the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The doctor from Kozhikode had tested Covid-positive on November 28 and has been asymptomatic. “After reaching Kozhikode, he travelled to various districts and, hence, we are preparing a list of his contacts. A route map of the doctor, who is currently under observation, will be published,” said Kozhikode district medical officer Dr V Ummer Farook.

Samples of the doctor’s mother and their help have been collected, and if tested positive, these will also be sent for genome sequencing, he added.

Meanwhile, the state health department on Friday decided to increase screening facilities for passengers from abroad at the four international airports in the state. As many as five to ten kiosks will come up at the airports. Travellers from high-risk countries, if tested positive, will be directly be taken to isolation wards in hospitals.

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