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Omicron: British National tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Goa, isolated  

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Panaji: A 41-year-old British national of Goan origin has been tested positive for COVID-19 infection on Friday when tests were conducted on him upon his arrival from the UK at Goa Airport.

State Health authorities have isolated the man at a facility at Cansaulim as he has arrived from a high risky country and could be suspect of Omicron virus.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane tweeted on Friday morning “A 41-year-old British national of Goan origin tested positive today morning at the airport. The patient has been isolated at PHC-Cansaulim.”

The patient has been isolated at state run Primary Health Centre at Cansaulim.

The airport sources stated that the passenger was a part of 98th Vande Bharat Mission flight that arrived on Goa Airport during wee hours of Friday.

Goa Airport tweeted on Friday “Goa Airport has ramped up the infrastructure reqd for post arrival testing of Int’l arriving passengers. Sufficient Registration counters, swab collection centres, waiting area are provided for smooth management, safety and convenience of pax.”

The airport said in another tweet “98th in the series of VBM flight arrived from London-Heathrow today early morning at Goa International Airport. Arriving passengers undergoing thermal screening and completing mandatory formalities upon arrival.”

Goa has already isolated five crew members from a merchant navy ship who had tested positive. Their samples have been sent to Pune based labouratory for genome sequencing.

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