South African returnee skips quarantine at home in Chandigarh, visits 5-star hotel


A woman who returned to Chandigarh from South Africa two days ago is said to have broken home quarantine and visited a five-star hotel here, prompting authorities to order strict measures against her on Friday for violating Covid protocols for travelers, especially those arriving from “at-risk” countries where the Omicron variant has been detected.

After returning from South Africa, the woman reached a housing company in Sector 48-B here on December 1, according to an official order.

On December 2, she broke quarantine protocol and went to a five-star hotel here in the evening and then left the hotel late at night to go home, he said.

She allegedly violated the Covid home quarantine protocol for international travelers from “at risk” countries.

Health Ministry authorities here ordered that strict action be taken against her for violating the quarantine protocol.

The director of health services was asked to immediately arrange an RT-PCR test of all hotel staff.

The order stated that the woman’s RT-PCR report on December 1 was negative and that new sampling, according to current protocol, was due on December 8.

Relevant authorities have asked hotels / guesthouses to verify customers’ travel history for the past 15 days at the time of check-in.

Previously, a 39-year-old Chandigarh resident who returned from South Africa a few days ago tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and his sample was sent to Delhi for whole genome sequencing.

The Covid B.1.1.529 or Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa last week, has been named by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern, the first category of the organism of health for the worrying variants of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, amid concerns over the new variant, the administration has stepped up monitoring of people returning from abroad.

The administration held a review meeting here earlier this week and relevant authorities have been asked to ensure the application of the Covid protocols.

The country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 were recorded in Karnataka – in a 66-year-old South African leaflet and a 46-year-old Bangalore doctor with no travel history and both men fully vaccinated.

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