Omicron: Missing passengers bring headache to authorities

Omicron: Missing passengers bring headache to authorities

New Delhi: After two Omicron Covid cases found in the Country, a high alert has been declared at International airports. But people who arrived from foreign countries, especially South Africa had evaded mandatory Covid tests and quarantine protocols.

Their non-cooperation with officials worried the authorities. In Uttar Pradesh, 13 out of 300 people have disappeared after furnishing false documents and contact information at the airport. Out of 13, seven people were coming from South Africa, where the Omicron virus has first detected.

In Chandigarh, officials have slapped the case against women who returned from South Africa and violated the quarantine rules and regulations. She was asked to quarantine for ten days, but she left the hotel where she was staying.

In Bengaluru, 10 passengers, reportedly South Africans were missing from the hotel. Karnataka government are trying to trace their contact details. Meanwhile, BBMP has issued notice to the hotel management where one Omicron positive patient had stayed. Breaking quarantine rules, he left the hotel. Revenue minister R. Ashok confirmed the missing of Omicron positive patient from Shangri la hotel.

However, a week later (before the strain was identified) he got a negative test from a private city lab and flew to Dubai. Efforts are on to track him down and isolate primary and secondary contacts in Dubai; those in India - 264 in total - have tested negative.

Yesterday two international passengers, including a child, coming from an 'at risk' nation tested Covid positive on arrival at Chennai airport. Samples have been sent for sequencing. The Tamil Nadu government has denied reports they are Omicron patients. Nine members of a Jaipur family tested positive days after four returned from South Africa. The latter four have been isolated at a government hospital in Jaipur and samples from all nine have been sent for DNA sequencing, news agency PTI said.