The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) on Monday confirmed the first case of Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19.
Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari, spokesperson at the MoHP, informed that the Omicron variant was detected in two people who had returned from South Africa. During a press meet Dr. Adhikari said that the Omicron variant was found in two swab samples of those who had returned from Africa during the whole genome sequencing. “A 66-year-old foreign national and a 71-year-old Nepali man who had come in close contact with the foreigner were found infected with Omicron variant,” said the ministry, adding that both the infected people had received full dose of COVID-19 vaccine and had entered Nepal with negative RT-PCR test report. Dr. Adhikari further said that no severe symptoms of coronavirus were seen in the patients. The Health Ministry also said that the ministry had carried out contact tracing of 66 people who had come in direct contact with the infected people. However, all the tests turned negative for Omicron.