Omicron enters J&K: 10 fresh cases detected in 48 Hrs

5 cases each reported in Kashmir, Jammu regions; tally at 13; 3 among 10 tourists go back; condition of two locals stable: Top Health officials

Srinagar, Jan 11: Ten cases of Omicron were detected in J&K which includes three non-local travellers, taking the tally of total detected cases to 13 in J&K, officials said on Tuesday.

A top health official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the first case of Omicron was detected in Kashmir on Monday while four more were detected today.

He said that three among the five detected cases include three non-local travellers whose samples were taken in Anantnag and they have already returned back.

An official told KNO that the person from Shopian and pregnant lady from Uri who were detected positive for Omicron are stable and have recovered as well.

“Robust teams are working to trace contact of the two persons who have been tested positive for Omicron,” an official said.

He said that we are working to find out with whom people have met since a person tested positive for Covid-19 and later omicron.

While giving details of cases, he said that three tourists whose samples were detected positive for Omicron include a 19-year -old male and 22-year-old female from Maharashtra and 40 year-old male from Gujarat and their samples were taken from 22 December and 26 December respectively.

He said that a sample of a pregnant lady from Dhani Syden, Baramulla was taken on December 20, while details of a person from Shopian were sample was detected positive for omicron on Monday were not known.

Dr Shashi Sudan Principal GMC Jammu told KNO that five fresh cases of omicron were detected in Jammu division on Tuesday whose samples were taken in last month.

Officials said that among one two belongs to Channi Himmat Jammu and one from Canal road Jammu.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier three cases of Omicron were detected in Jammu including two women from Saraswati Vihar in Talab Tillo Bohri and a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Bantalab, however, all three patients had already recovered—(KNO)