Visakhapatnam: A South Africa returnee’s samples have been sent for genome sequencing to verify whether he has been contacted with the new variant Omicron, said joint collector of Srikakulam district Dr K Srinivasulu on Tuesday. He said the man hailing from a remote village in Santhabommali mandal of Srikakulam returned home from South Africa on November 23.
The joint collector said while returning home was tested negative in Brazil, London and Mumbai and while getting his test in Srikakulam on December 5, he tested positive.
He said since he returned from South Africa, his samples have been sent to CCMB for genome sequencing to clear the doubts about his contacting the new variant.
``It will take one week to get the report,’’ the joint collector said. He appealed to the people not to trust the media and social media reports that he had contacted the new variant and has been admitted into government hospital.
Superintendent of RIMS Government General Hospital in Srikakulam Dr Sunil Kumar and principal of medical college Dr Krishnaveni said no foreign returnee has been admitted into their institutions. They appealed to the people that false reports are being circulated in TV channels and social media.
He and his family members have been isolated at home and the locality has been contained...