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750 samples sent for gene sequencing to see status of omicron variant in Nepal



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By TRN Online, Kathmandu, Nov. 28: Some 750 samples have been sent for gene sequencing to the UK for finding whether the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus has entered Nepal.

"Samples are being sent for gene sequencing regularly from Nepal. But, this time, a little more samples are sent to see if the new variant has arrived here, as there is much fear about it," informed Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari, information officer and deputy spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population.

He said some samples were being put for laboratory tests at the Teku-based Central Laboratory.

Dr. Adhikari said information about the status of the new variant, omicron, in Nepal will be known after the report is received.