Meerut administration in Uttar Pradesh is now searching for 13 persons who have gone missing after arrival from abroad. Officials are trying to track and test them for COVID-19. These 13 were among nearly 300 people on flights originating outside the country, who have disappeared after arrival. It was found that these 13 disappeared after providing false addresses and contact information. Out of them seven had returned back from South Africa, the country where the Omicron variant was first reported.
It is suspected that around 10 passengers reportedly back from South Africa, have gone missing after arrival in Bengaluru airport. Airport security, Karnataka police and the health department are trying hard to track them down and carry out COVID tests.
It may be noted that the 66 year old South African, who was identified as India's first confirmed Omicron COVID case had escaped out of the country a week after he landed in Bengaluru. This man had taken both vaccine doses and was asymptomatic. As he was tested positive on arrival, he was asked to opt for self-isolation, while his samples were sent for further testing.
But after a week, this man from South Africa could procure a negative test report from a private laboratory, using which he flew to Dubai. Efforts are on to track him down for isolation of his primary and secondary contacts in Dubai. Around 264 persons in India, who had come in contact with this man, have been tested negative.
Twelve suspected Omicron cases were admitted to a Delhi hospital after their arrival through international flights during past few days. Eight of them were tested positive for COVID infection. Results for the other four are awaited. Their samples have been forwarded for genome sequencing to confirm the COVID variant.
On Wednesday two international passengers, including a child, returning from an Omicron prone nation were tested COVID positive on arrival at Chennai airport. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing. On the same day, nine members of a family of Jaipur were tested positive after four of them returned from South Africa. The four South Africa returnees have been isolated in a government hospital in Jaipur. Samples of all nine have been sent for DNA sequencing.
Amidst Omicron threat, authorities have become strict against the violators of COVID protocols. In Chandigarh a case was registered against a woman who returned from South Africa and broke quarantine rules after arrival. The woman reached India on Wednesday. Although she was tested negative during tests after arrival, she was directed to remain in home quarantine for a week. She broke the quarantine directive and checked into a hotel before reaching home.