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Two South Africans Test Positive For COVID-19 In Bengaluru Amid New Variant Reports

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Just after the reports of a new coronavirus variant started to do rounds, two South African nationals tested positive for the virus in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

As per reports, the samples of two patients have been sent for further testing which will confirm if they are of the same Omicron variant spread in South Africa. An official said that both of them have been quarantined and there is no need to need for worry.

COVID Positive South Africans In Bengaluru:

K Srinivas, the Rural Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru who is also the in-charge of the Kempegowda International Airport gave his statement to the media. He said, “From (November) 1 to 26, a total of 94 people have come from South Africa, out of them two have tested positive for regular Covid-19. So people need not worry.”

He said that the infected persons have been quarantined and are being monitored by the authorities and their samples have also been sent for further testing. The Deputy Commissioner noted that 10 countries have been identified as high risk and said that individuals coming from those countries will be tested compulsorily and if they test positive, they will be quarantined.

According to a report by NDTV, The DC noted that more than 584 people from such high risk countries have arrived in Bengaluru between November 1 to November 26. The positive cases of the new variants have been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong. In regards to that, the Health Minister of Karnataka issued guidelines to the airports directing those travelling from the said countries to the city to undergo testing even if they have a COVID-19 negative test report. They will only be allowed to outside the airport if they test negative.

The Health Minister added, “Even after testing negative they will have to remain at home and after seven days they will have to undergo a test once again, and after getting a negative report, one can go out.”


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