Nepal Reports Its First Two Cases of Omicron Variant

The government of Nepal on Monday announced its first two cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant.     

According to the country’s Ministry of Health and Population, a Nepali national and a foreigner were tested positive for the new variant of the virus.

The Nepali national is 71 years old and the foreigner is 66, and both are in good health conditions, the ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, the foreign visitor had produced a recent negative PCR report upon arrival, and was fully vaccinated, but still his report came positive.

The Nepali national had come into contact with the visitor, which later both started showing symptoms. 

During testing, the S-gene target was a failure and then a agene sequencing was done as a result both detected positive to the virus. 

The test of 66 people, who were in contact with the two infected individuals, came negative, according to the ministry. 

All the samples were tested in the National Public Health Laboratory in Teku, it said, adding that both the infected are in isolation and are recovering.

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