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Covid-19: NRI on Gujarat Visit Tests Positive for Omicron Sub-variant BA.5

News by NRI Herald , 17 August 2022

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According to the Indian health ministry, a 29-year-old NRI from South Africa who subsequently migrated to Vadodara in Gujarat was diagnosed with the BA.5 sub-variant of the highly Omicron type of coronavirus. The individual, who lives in South Africa, verified the coronavirus diagnosis after visiting his family on May 1. Dr. Devesh Patel, head medical officer of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation, left for New Zealand on May 10 despite testing negative for the virus.

His sample was sent to Gandhinagar for genetic analysis. According to the results of the test, he became infected with the BA.5 sub-variant of the Omicron type of coronavirus on Tuesday. " After coronavirus tests were positive, the man was placed in self-isolation on May 1. He was tested prior to his departure from New Zealand on May 10. "We have no idea where he is right now," Dr. Patel said.

"The patient did not show any signs." His parents, his sole contacts at the time, had tested negative for COVID-19. "They confirmed negative for the virus once more," said the spokesperson. On Sunday, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) confirmed the presence of the coronavirus's BA.4 or BA.5 Omicron sub-variants in India, with one case in Tamil Nadu and another in Telangana. BA.4 and BA.5 are sub-variants of the highly contagious Omicron variant prevalent worldwide. All of these were discovered in South Africa earlier this year and have now spread to a number of other countries.

These sub-variants, according to INSACOG, are not associated with sickness severity or increased hospitalization.

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