According to the guidelines, a separate isolation ward must be set up for patients who refer to Omicron.

Published: November 29, 2021 11:36 PM |

Last updated: November 29, 2021 11:36 PM

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Ministry of Health has named Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital as a special facility for treating patients who have tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.

The hospital was asked to provide wards for the isolation and treatment of such patients. The department also said that no patient with the new variant is being refused admission to hospitals for any reason.

The Union’s Ministry of Health on Sunday issued new guidelines for international travelers on reporting Omicron, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO ) was classified as a “worrying variant”.

According to the guidelines, a separate isolation ward must be set up for the patients who refer to Omicron.

“Accordingly, the Lok Nayak Hospital is hereby referred to as the dedicated hospital, that will treat the patients in whom the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been discovered. Lok Nayak Hospital will appoint one or more separate wards (as needed) for the isolation and treatment of such cases. “Patients,” the order read.

Omicron is the fifth WHO-named variant of concern was first identified in South Africa. The other four are alpha, beta, gamma and delta.

The WHO has said it is “not yet clear” whether the newly discovered variant is more communicable or causes more serious diseases, but the authorities do in the states of India have stepped up efforts to deal with the evolving situation.

Earlier in the day, authorities in the state capital ordered RT-PCR tests for anyone entering from “high risk” countries to have genome sequencing positive cases and the mandatory isolation.

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