Nepal government on Sunday sent some 750 samples for gene sequencing to the UK for finding whether the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has entered the country.
“Samples have been sent for gene sequencing regularly from Nepal. But, this time, a little more samples are sent see whether the new variant has arrived here, as there is much fear about it,” said Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari, deputy spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population. He said some samples have been put for laboratory tests at the Teku-based Central Laboratory. Dr. Adhikari said information about the status of the new variant, omicron, in Nepal will be known after the report arrives.
Meanwhile, Nepal government has sounded alert against the possible spread of Omni variant of corona virus within the country. We have started vigilance and test of people entering Nepal from land as well as air routes, said Adhikari. Instructions have been made to establish health desks at air and land entry points, he added. As per the new arrangement every one entering Nepal from any foreign country will compulsorily require to submit a PCR negative report, he pointed out.