Covid Updates: Kejriwal Tests Positive, RT-PCR Kit Approval, Kerala Limitations

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal tweeted this morning that he has tested positive for Covid and has isolated himself at home. The Delhi Chief Minister, who addressed massive rallies to campaign for polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand in the past three days, said he had “mild symptoms”.

“I have tested positive for Covid. Mild symptoms. Have isolated myself at home. Those who came in touch with me in last few days, kindly isolate yourself and get yourself tested,” posted the Chief Minister.

100 students test Covid positive at Patiala Medical College

Around 100 students of Patiala Medical College tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. The authorities asked all the students residing in the hostel to leave their rooms immediately. Cabinet minister Raj Kumar Verka has confirmed the information.

‘OmiSure’ becomes first RT-PCR kit approved by ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a kit that will be used to detect Omicron. The kit is manufactured by Tata Medical and Diagnostics and is named OmiSure. Currently the kit that is being used to detect the Omicron variant in India is developed by US-based scientific instrumentation company Thermo Fisher. It uses the S Gene Target Failure (SGTF) strategy to detect the variant.Also Read – BREAKING: Punjab Imposes Night Curfew Till Jan 15, Shuts Down Schools And Colleges | Full List of Restrictions

An approval letter by ICMR dated December 30, 2021, said: “The tests have been performed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Responsibility for batch-to-batch consistency lies with the manufacturer.” Also Read – Fresh Restrictions Likely in Delhi? DDMA to Take Final Decision in Today’s Meeting.

The kit comes as a major aid as analysing the Omicron variant have been an issue among medical experts. The RT-PCR kit, Omisure, was earlier sent to the ICMR for approval after continued testing. The kit is now the only one in India used to confirm the Omicron variant in patients with its S-Gene Target Failure strategy.

Over 80 Kolkata Police personnel diagnosed with Covid-19

As many as 83 Kolkata Police personnel have been diagnosed with Covid-19. Many of them are also IPS rank officers. Out of these 83 affected, 47 are in home isolation while 16 people have been hospitalised. (With inputs from Anupam Mishra)

Kerala limits people attending functions in closed auditoriums to 75

The Kerala government has limited the number of people attending functions in closed auditoriums to 75 while the open spaces has been limited to 150.

Irrespective of the country a person is arriving from, observation will be strengthened. (With inputs from Rickson)

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