Samples of 28 returnees from high-risk countries sent for genome sequencing in Maharashtra

Between Nov. 10 and 30, as many as 2,868 people returned to the state from other countries and the state administration has tested 485 of them so far.

Samples of 28 returnees from high-risk countries sent for genome sequencing in Maharashtra
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Swab samples of 28 people who returned to Maharashtra, India from high-risk nations last month, with nine of them already testing Covid-19 positive, have been sent for genome sequencing, according to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, amid fears over the virus's new Omicron variant.

Between Nov. 10 and 30, as many as 2,868 people returned to the state from other countries and the state administration has tested 485 of them so far. The state health department has directed employees to isolate international travelers who have tested positive for the virus.