Dakshina Kannada District received reports of Covid samples sent for genetic study on December 10. Of the total 33 samples sent for genomic study from two groups, five cases of the omicron variant of MERS-CoV were reported.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said in a tweet on Twitter that two cluster outbreaks of Covid have been reported from two educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada district.
Of the 14 cases in the first group, four cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus have been identified. In 19 cases of the placebo group, one case of the omicron variant was confirmed.
These are old collections, reports of samples sent for genetic studies have now arrived, said KV Rajendra, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada District.
Detailing the cases, he said samples of the first group from a school on the outskirts of Mangaluru were sent for a genome study on December 10. The report received on December 18 stated that four samples tested positive for the omicron variant. But he said those four cases are now negative, adding that health officials visited the students on December 18 and they are all in good health now.
He also clarified that there is no history of travel to Kerala or international destinations either from students or parents in the first group.
Rajendra said 19 samples from the second batch from the Mangaluru College of Nursing were sent for the genome study on December 10. Also.