December 4, 2021, 9:01 PM

A 33-year-old resident of Kalyan-Dombivali in Mumbai, Maharashtra tested positive for new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron' after returning from South Africa, which is one of the 'high-risk' countries. He became the first confirmed case of the new variant in Maharashtra and fourth in India.

As per PTI, the 33-year-old arrived in Delhi on November 23 and gave his samples for COVID-19 testing at the Delhi airport. He then took a flight to Mumbai.

“A man from Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation area has tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. He is the first official case in the state. He came with a group of four people. We are tracing and tracking them. Their RT-PCR test as well as genome sequencing will be done as well,” Maharashtra Health Department Director Dr Archana Patil told PTI.

He had tested negative in an RT-PCR test, which was conducted 72 hours prior to his inter-connected flights from Cape Town to Mumbai. Post landing at Delhi airport, an RT-PCR test was conducted but even before receiving the result, he was allowed to fly to Mumbai.

Post landing in Mumbai, he received his RT-PCR report, which showed the presence of the pathogens of COVID-19. However, he showed his previous negative RT-PCR test report to the screening official at Mumbai airport. 

The infected man then took a private cab from the airport and travelled 50 km to reach his house in Dombivli.

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