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Nepal reports 2 Omicron variant cases

Two people have been confirmed to be infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Nepal, making it the first reported cases of the new strain, the Ministry of Health and Population announced on Monday.

Nepal reports 2 Omicron variant cases

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Dec 2021 5:01 AM GMT

KATHMANDU: Two people have been confirmed to be infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Nepal, making it the first reported cases of the new strain, the Ministry of Health and Population announced on Monday.

According to the Ministry, the two infected individuals are a Nepali (71) and a foreigner (66) and they are been fully vaccinated against COVID.

Upon his arrival the the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the foreign national had produced a recent negative PCR report.

The Nepali national had come into contact with the foreigner after which they both eventually started showing symptoms and got tested, leading to a positive diagnosis, said the Ministry.

During testing, the S-gene target was a failure following which a gene sequencing was done and the Omicron variant was detected during the test. (IANS)

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