Family of nine in Jaipur test COVID-19 positive after returning from South Africa
Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Narottam Sharma said 14 samples were taken for testing from the family, nine of which tested positive for the infection
Jaipur: Nine members of a family here tested positive for COVID-19, days after four of them returned from South Africa, putting the Health Department on alert amid concerns over the "Omicron" variant of the infection.
Those who returned from South Africa have been admitted to the hospital of the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) and swab samples of all nine people have been sent for genome sequencing to Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Hospital, a health official said.
Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Narottam Sharma said 14 samples were taken for testing from the family, nine of which tested positive for the infection.
In contact tracing, it was found that four of them had returned from South Africa, he said.
The official said as per guidelines, those who returned from South Africa have been isolated at the RUHS hospital while the other five have been home quarantined.
Currently, Rajasthan has 213 active cases.
The maximum 114 active cases are from Jaipur alone.
With 11,486 fresh coronavirus cases, the total infection tally in the National Capital rose to 17,82,514. The toll increased to 25,586
The active cases have increased to 21,13,365, the highest in 237 days, while the toll has climbed to 4,88,884 with 488 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
The active cases comprise 5.23 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has decreased to 93.50 per cent, the health ministry said