Punjab: First Omicron Case Reported in Punjab | India News – Times of India

Chandigarh: Punjab first reported it omicron The case with a 36-year-old man, who arrived from Spain earlier this month, was testing positive for the new version of the coronavirus.
This person who came to India on 4th December went to meet his relatives Nawanshahr In Punjab, a health official said.
The person tested negative for coronavirus upon their arrival. However, he tested positive on December 12, he said.
He was then admitted to a hospital and his samples were sent for genome sequencing at a facility set up at the Government Medical College, Patiala, said the officer.
“The genome sequencing report declaring him positive for the Omicron variant came on December 28,” said Dr Rajeev Bhaskar, state nodal officer for COVID-19.
The man was again tested on December 25 and his report came back negative, following which he was discharged from the hospital, the official said.
Meanwhile, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni directed the officials to expedite the COVID testing and vaccination in the state.
Presiding over a meeting of the health department, Soni, who also holds the health department, took stock of the prevailing COVID situation in the state.
According to officials, Punjab’s positivity rate stands at 0.3 per cent and has seen a slight increase in the last few days.