West Bengal reports first Omicron case; 7-year-old boy tests positive


A seven-year-old boy has tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease in West Bengal, becoming the state’s first patient of the new variant, the health department informed on Wednesday.

According to reports, the boy arrived in Murshidabad district from Hyderabad. Both his parents have tested negative for Covid-19, Livemint reported.

According to media reports, the boy had tested postive in Hyderabad and left for West Bengal.

Earlier in the day, two foreign nationals in Telangana’s Hyderabad also tested positive for the Omicron variant, a state health official said. The first person has been identified as a 24-year-old Kenyan national who landed on December 12 while the other is a 23-year-old man from Somalia, Telangana’s director of public health, G Srinivasa Rao informed.

Both are asymptomatic, he said. The two persons were diagnosed with Omicron infection during genome sequencing.

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