K M Dayashankar
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: Rajanna-Sircilla on Monday reported the first case of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 after whole-genome sequencing of the sample of a Gulf returnee in Gudem village of Mustabad mandal.
Reports reaching here said that Pitla Chandram had returned from a Gulf nation recently and staying in his native village. Following the discovery of symptoms of the new variant, he was shifted to a private corporate hospital in Hyderabad for treatment. Incidentally, it is the first Omicron case in the integrated Karimnagar district.
Following the news about the suspected new variant case, the district administration had sounded high alert. The authorities were taking all measures to announce containment of the area where the suspected person resided in the village and take up a massive sanitation drive and alert the villagers to wear face masks and ensure cent per cent vaccination. The medical authorities were also tracing the primary contacts of the suspected person in the village and other parts of the district.