At least six people who flew into Delhi from “at-risk” countries, including the UK and the Netherlands, have been admitted to the Lok Nayak Hospital on Wednesday as four of them tested positive for COVID-19 and two "showed symptoms".
According to reports, the positive samples of the passengers have been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control for Genomic Sequencing to determine if the cases relate to the Omicron variant.
The positive patients have been admitted to the LNJP Hospital. The Hospital has set up a dedicated ward for isolating and treating Covid-19 patients.
Director of Genestrings Diagnostics, the laboratory conducting Covid-19 tests at the airport, Gauri Agarwal said, "We are running approximately close to 2,000 tests per day. We are also ensuring utmost care in handling the samples."
As per the Centre, the countries designated as “at-risk” are European countries, including the UK, and South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.
The people coming from these “at-risk” countries have to follow additional measures on arrival in India.
According to the new guidelines, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers arriving from the "at-risk" countries and they will be allowed to leave the airport only after the results come.
It is to be mentioned that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday had said the capital is prepared to set up 63,800 beds in case a third Covid-19 wave hits the city.