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Bengaluru doctor recovers from Omicron, tests Covid positive again after 2 weeks

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Bengaluru doctor recovers from Omicron, tests Covid positive again after 2 weeks

Bengaluru: The Bengaluru doctor, 46, who was among the first two infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country, has once again tested positive for the infection, according to a report on Tuesday.

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The RT-PCR test was conducted seven days after his last test, as per the mandate issued by the Health ministry. He will be kept under observation for another seven days and be discharged only after a negative RT-PCR test.

The doctor has no foreign travel history. While the other positive patient was a South African national, who was quarantined and later flew to Dubai.

“It is true that the doctor who was infected with Omicron variant has once again tested positive for Covid-19,” an official of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) told media.

The official told the media the doctor is under isolation and is asymptomatic.

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Health minister K Sudhakar has said the doctor, working with a private hospital in the city, developed fever and body ache on November 21 and tested positive the next day. His sample was sent for genomic sequencing since he had a low CT value, which indicates a high viral load.

As per a media report, the doctor attended an international conference in Bengaluru a day before he tested positive for Covid-19. The doctor attended the international conference held between November 18 and November 20 and BBMP officials are conducting contact tracing of medical professionals who attended an international conference.

Officials have been unable to trace the source of the new variant in the patient.

The 28th annual conference of the Indian College of Cardiology was conducted in a hotel in Bengaluru and was attended by around 60 medical professionals, including the infected person. So far three people, including the doctor, who attended the event, have tested positive for Covid-19.

Notably, Karnataka was the first state in the country to report two cases – 46-year-old male and a 66-year-old male – of the coronavirus variant in India. As per officials, the first case of Omicron reported in Karnataka was that of the 66-year-old South African, who arrived in Bengaluru on November 20. He tested positive for the virus on the same day, and he was isolated. BBMP reports read that none of his 24 primary contacts and 240 secondary contacts tested positive for the virus.

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Meanwhile, police have registered a case against the South African national, who is from Gujarat, for flying out without informing the authorities in violation of the quarantine norms.

The management and staff of a five-star hotel here have also been booked for allowing the infected person leave without informing the health officials. They have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020, a report claimed citing police officials.

So far, India has reported 23 cases of the Omicron after two more people were found infected with the latest strain of the coronavirus in Maharashtra’s capital Mumbai. Maharashtra has recorded 10 cases of Omicron, the highest in the country.

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