Bengal’s First Omicron Patient Discharged From Hospital After Testing Negative


New Delhi: West Bengal’s first patient of Omicron, a 7-year-old boy, who had tested positive for the variant two days ago has been released from the Malda hospital on Thursday after he and his family members tested negative for the virus, according to a PTI report.

The infected kid had returned to West Bengal from Abu Dhabi via Hyderabad. He had left for a relative’s place at Kaliachak in Malda district from Kolkata airport. He was admitted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital along with his sister and parents.

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“The seven-year-old child and all those who came in touch with him were found negative today. As per the norm, the child and his sister, parents, and grandmother have been discharged from the hospital. They will be kept in home quarantine for another week”, according to a health official.

Meanwhile, a middle-aged man, who was found infected with COVID-19 in West Bengal after returning from Bangladesh was suspicious of being infected with the Omicron variant but later tested negative for the strain.

The patient contracted the Delta strain of coronavirus, the official said.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus death toll in West Bengal rose to 19,645 after 12 more people succumbed to the disease on Thursday, the health department said.

The tally also went up by 660 to be at 16,25,375, it added.

Since Wednesday, 662 recoveries have been reported in the state taking the total number of cured people to 15,98,224, the department added.

The number of active cases currently is 7,506.

In the last 24 hours, 37,115 samples have been tested pushing the total number of such clinical examinations in the state to 2,08,88,936.

Over 2.70 lakh of Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in West Bengal on Thursday, an official said.

(With PTI inputs)



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