Tuesday Dec 5, 2023
Tuesday Dec 5, 2023

2 omicron infected foreigners test negative

Two foreign nationals who had tested positive for COVID on Nov 25 and 26 were confirmed to have been infected with the omicron variant on Dec 5.

2021 Dec 08, 11:29, Kathmandu
A healthcare worker takes a swab sample from a woman to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a bus terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian - RC2H6L9JU10A

Health Ministry said on Wednesday that the two foreign nationals infected with the Omicron variant have now tested negative.

They had undergone a test upon arrival and were confirmed to be infected on November 25 and 26. Later on December 5, the genome sequencing of their swab samples showed they were infected with the Omicron variant of the virus.

The Health Ministry had announced on Monday that they found 2 Omicron infections.

Both infected persons had gone through a PCR test on Tuesday. 66 others who went through the test after contact tracing had shown negative results.

One of the infected individuals had arrived in Nepal via airplane and the other had come in close contact with them. Following their positive results, both were placed in hotel quarantine.

The two also marked the first cases of the omicron variant discovered in Nepal. WHO has called the Omicron variant, a "variant of concern".


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