Chennai: One passenger who travelled to Chennai from the United Kingdom on Saturday has been tested positive for COVID-19. The swab sample of the 25-year-old man has sent for genome sequencing to an institute in Bengaluru to check if he has been infected with the Omicron variant.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian in Villupuram said that the man arrived in India via Dubai and landed in Chennai on Saturday (December 4). He was tested positive for COVID-19 during the RTPCR test at the airport.
The number of people suspected to be infected by Omicron variant of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu has risen to Four. On Friday, three passengers - two from UK and one from Singapore - had tested COVID-19 positive. There genome sequencing reports are awaited.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had directed airport authorities to screen all the passengers coming to the state from high-risk countries. Passengers with the negative RTPCR report will have to be under mandatory seven days home isolation after arrival.
On Saturday, Tamil Nadu reported 731 new cases of COVID-19. The state has 8,070 active cases of coronavirus. The deadly virus has claimed lives of six people yesterday.
Cities including Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Madurai are reporting maximum number of fresh infection in the state.
In Tamil Nadu, 80.44 per cent people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far, while 47.46 per cent have got the second dose.