Tamil Nadu on Thursday reported 33 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, following genomic sequencing of samples collected from those who tested positive for coronavirus. With this, the state’s total tally of Omicron cases rises to 34 cases.
“We received confirmation that 33 more people have tested positive for the new Omicron variant,” Subramanian said.
Addressing a press meet along with Health Secretary Radhakrishnan, the health minister said that out of the 33 cases reported in the state, Chennai reported 26 cases, Madurai reported 4 cases, Tiruvanamalai reported 2 cases and Salem reported one case.
Tamil Nadu reported its first case of Omicron on December 15 when a 47 year-old passenger who arrived from Nigeria tested positive.
On Wednesday, as many as 104 people who arrived in Tamil Nadu from various countries have tested Covid-19 positive till date, of whom 82 were detected with the ‘S gene drop’ variant of coronavirus, state Minister Ma Subramanian said. The samples of the 82 passengers have been sent to the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bengaluru, for genomic sequencing analysis, the Minister for Medical and Family Welfare said.
Meanwhile, to step up surveillance at international airports, the government has requested the Centre to allow the health department to conduct COVID-19 tests of all international passengers arriving to Tamil Nadu, as against the current practice of testing those arriving from ‘at risk’ countries, the minister said.