10 missing Africans will be traced by midnight: Karnataka Minister (Lead-1)

Bengaluru: The capital of Karnataka is on alert for the first two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country. State Revenue Minister R Ashoka said the 10 missing South African nationals from Bengaluru would be traced by Friday midnight.

Talking to reporters after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, he said, they will be traced and tested. Instructions have been given to the officials in this regard.

After two cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Bengaluru, 10 South African nationals went missing in Bengaluru, raising concerns for the state health department.

These South African nationals had reached Bengaluru between November 12 and 22. The health department, which is on high alert after detecting the Omicron cases, wanted these individuals to be tested, but they went missing.

They were not met at the given address at the airport and their mobile phones were switched off. 57 people have arrived from high risk countries including these 10.

The health department has already approached the police to track and trace these persons.

When asked about this, Chief Commissioner of BBMP Gaurav Gupta said that he had no direct knowledge in this matter. I can say that contact tracing is an ongoing process and if they are not found, there are standard protocols to deal with the situation. We are ready to deal with any situation.

Tough measures at the airport were started from November 22, but these people have come to Bengaluru before that.

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