Amid Omicron scare, 5 new patients tested positive for COVID in Lucknow on Sunday
Amid the rising fear of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, 5 new cases of Covid-19 (Older variants) have gripped Lucknow. This new tally includes three cases from the same household and a single independent case from Vibhuti Khand which record an inter-state travel history. Notably, one more case was detected in Indira Nagar. All patients are under home isolation and being monitored through the COVID Command Centre, added reports.
Patients with travel history test COVID positive in Lucknow
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Lucknow's active COVID tally soared to the count of 23 on Sunday. While the recovery rate and death toll remained restricted at zero in the past 24 hours, the health department has been caught in panic in wake of increased travel and possible new variant invasion in Lucknow.
The Lucknow Health Department has noted around 80% of COVID cases in the city and across UP are being detected in people with recent travel history or those who have come in contact with such people. According to District Surveillance Officer Dr Milind Vardhan, 3 positives from the same family living in Gautampally have recently returned from Delhi, while the Vibhuti Khand case has returned from Jaipur only a week ago.
The command centre has been involved to check their status through telemonitoring. Reportedly, the health authorities have sent 77 samples for genome examination.
Health Department to re-examine patients on 8th day
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The Health Department has taken an aggressive stand against the spread of the new variant by directing government hospitals to note the travel history of COVID patients, if any. This record will help the authorities to conduct contact tracing at the earliest and prevent an Omicron spike. In addition to this, the health department has also decided to re-examine such patients on the 8th day of recharge to be doubly sure.