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Covid-19: India detects 11 Omicron sub-variants in 124 international passengers in 11 days

Covid-19 In India: Official source said that out of 124 positive samples, genome sequencing results of 40 were received out of which XBB was found in maximum 14 samples including XBB.1.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: During the investigation of international passengers in India, 11 sub-variants of Omicron have been found. Cases of all these formats have come to the fore in India earlier also. The official source said that during testing at international airports and seaports, 11 corona variants omicron sub-variants have been found in international passengers between December 24 and January 3.

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Official sources said that a total of 19,227 samples were tested, out of which 124 international travelers were found positive and were isolated. Genome sequencing results were obtained for 40 out of 124 positive samples, out of which XBB was found in maximum 14 samples including XBB.1. BF 7.4.1 is detected in one sample.

Of the 19,227 passengers who were tested for COVID-19 during the period, 124 were found positive, the sources said. The sources said that of the 124 positive samples, genome sequencing results of 40 were received of which XBB, including XBB.1, was found in 14 samples and BF 7.4.1 in one sample.

On the previous day itself, 5 infected patients of XBB.1.5 variant of corona virus were found in India. Due to this variant of Corona virus, cases are increasing in America. According to data from the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Association (INSACOG), three of these 5 cases were found in Gujarat and one each in Karnataka and Rajasthan. The XBB.1.5 variant is related to the XBB variant of Omicron. 44 percent of virus cases in the US are of XBB and XBB.1.5.

A nationwide mock drill was conducted last month at hospitals and health care centres, with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visiting Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital to review the Covid preparedness.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also chaired a high-level meeting on December 22 to assess the Covid situation in the country as well as the readiness of the health infrastructure.

Overall cases in India continue to be relatively meagre, at fewer than 200 daily for several days now.

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