109 people infected with mutant UK strain of Covid-19 in India: Health Ministry

at 2:36 pm
COVID cases

New Delhi (NVI): A total of 109 people have been found infected with the new mutant UK strain of Covid-19 in India so far, the Ministry of Health said today. The number was 102 yesterday.

The Health Ministry has said that genome sequencing on other specimens in going on, adding that regular advice is being given to states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) labs.

Notably, the new strain of Covid-19, initially detected in the UK, is known to be far more contagious. Those who have been found infected with the virus have been kept in single-room isolation at designated healthcare facilities by the respective states.

The presence of the new variant of the virus has been reported from several countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, Lebanon, Singapore, Switzerland and Germany.

In the wake of new Covid strain, the Government had banned flights to and from the UK on December 22. However, the flight operations resumed from January 8 as the Government laid new rules and guidelines for passengers arrivig from the UK.

Under the new guidelines, will have to undergo an RT-PCR test both in the UK before boarding their flight and after arriving in India. The test will be self-paid.