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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: A 12-year-old girl’s toothache on return from Nigeria with her family to the twin towns on November 24 led to the discovery of Covid infection and subsequent detection of its Omicron variant in her and five others in the family.
The girl’s family wanted to take her to a dentist, who sought an RT-PCR negative certificate. The RT-PCR test revealed that she was Covid positive. A PCMC official said the respective zonal medical officers received notifications about the daily positive cases.
“The notifications are followed by tracing and testing of the close contacts of people testing Covid-19 positive. The same procedure was followed in the girl’s case,” the official said.
Preliminary inquiry revealed that the girl had returned from Nigeria to the twin town a few days before testing Covid positive. “Four family members had tested negative in the first test, A second test was conducted on them and the results were ‘Covid positive’. All of them are quarantined at Jijamata hospital,” he added.
“If an RT-PCR test reveals a Covid positive case, we visit the person’s home. Depending on the symptoms, we tell the patient to opt for either home or institutional quarantine. In the girl’s case, we conducted the RT-PCR tests of her close contacts. Five family members, including the two who had accompanied the girl from Nigeria to Pimpri Chinchwad via Mumbai, tested positive,” the official said.
“We sent their samples to the NIV in accordance with the norms related to people returning from the nations categorized as ‘at-risk’ following the emergence of the Omicron. Among the family members testing positive for Omicron is an 18-month-old child. All of them are asymptomatic. A regular dose of multivitamins has been prescribed for them,” he said.
The PCMC official said the patients would be in institutional quarantine until they tested double negative for Covid.