4 more butterflies from “at risk” countries test positive for Covid, hospitalized in Delhi | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Following the threat posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant, four more international passengers from “at risk” countries were tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Thursday, officials said.
Three of the 243 people on the Air France flight that landed at the airport around 12 noon tested positive for Covid, an official said.
Another person traveling with another 195 people on a flight from London was found infected with coronavirus, the official said.
Their samples were sent to the National Center for Disease Control for genome sequencing to determine if they have the new variant, Omicron, which has been classified as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization.
A total of eight people at “risk” countries have tested positive for Covid-19 since stricter rules for international passengers came into force at midnight on Tuesday. The eight positive Covid passengers and two other passengers with “Covid-like symptoms” were admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital, where a dedicated isolation and treatment ward was set up.
According to the Center, the countries designated as “at risk” are European countries, including the United Kingdom and South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.
Under the new rules, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for passengers arriving from “at risk” countries and will only be allowed to leave the airport after the results have arrived.
Also, five percent of passengers arriving with flights from other countries will be tested at random.
(With PTI entries)