“Reinforced surveillance system, teams on alert in the face of the Omicron threat”


Hyderabad, November 28 (PTI): The Telangana government said on Sunday it had beefed up the surveillance system and alerted teams to the threat of the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus, even as the state registered 135 new case and one death, taking the caseload to 675,614 and the toll to 3,989.

The new ‘Omicron’ variant has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and some European countries and, as a result, fully vaccinated passengers arriving from there will be quarantined at home and monitored, the officials told journalists the State Director of Public Health, G Srinivasa Rao.

Tests will be done on those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and samples will be sent to the CDFD lab for genome sequencing if anyone tests positive, he said.

A health ministry bulletin said active cases in the state stood at 3,535.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation reported the highest number of cases (62), followed by Rangareddy (11) and Karimnagar (10) districts.

A total of 22,356 samples were tested today, bringing the cumulative number of samples examined to 2,85,11,075.

A total of 144 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, bringing the total number of recoveries to 6,68,090.

The cure rate and case fatality rate in the state were 98.88% and 0.59%, respectively, according to the bulletin. PTI VVK AVR AVR

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