Omicron: Bengaluru cops bring case against hotel staff, South African man who fled quarantine | Bangalore News

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BENGALURU: City police on Sunday closed a case under the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020, against the 66-year-old Covid-19 patient, who fled from a hotel where he was being put in quarantine, and some hotel staff.
Samples from the patient had been sent for genomic sequencing, but he allegedly flew via Dubai to South Africa before the report even reached. According to sources, the report showed that he was infected with the Omicron variant.
The complaint was filed Monday by Dr Naveen Kumar M, Chief Medical Officer, BBMP, Shivajinagar, at High Grounds Police Station. He said the 66-year-old was quarantined shortly after arriving in the South African city on November 20.
“He had tested positive for Covid-19 on his arrival and was immediately transferred to a room in a star hotel in Vasanthnagar where he was to spend 14 days in quarantine,” Kumar’s complaint read. “Hotel staff have also been told they need to stay in quarantine. Despite this, staff let the patient go on November 27. When questioned, hotel staff told us the patient produced a negative Covid-19 report from a private lab.
Sources say the suspect patient returned to South Africa the same day (November 27) from Kempegowda International Airport. “At the airport too, he produced the same negative Covid-19 report,” sources said. The patient is said to be the head of a Johannesburg-based pharmaceutical company and had traveled to India to attend a board meeting.

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