204 Samples Tested So Far, No Mutant Strain Traced: Odisha Health Dept

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Health Department on Thursday informed that around 204 swab samples were collected from UK returnees, their contacts and were sent for testing as per the protocol. However, the new mutated strain was not detected.

So far, 7 of them have tested positive for Covid-19, the department said.

The new mutantCOVID strain was not detected in any of the samples. However, 7 UK returnees have tested positive for Covid-19, said Niranjan Mishra, Director Public Health.

“Initially, we had received a list of 188 UK returnees and after verification it was found that there was duplication of names of seven returnees. Hence, at present we have data regarding 179 returnees.

Hence, we were in search of total 184 UK returnees for test. Out of the total 184, 179 UK returnees are now traceable. Out of the 179, we collected 160 samples and sent for test. Besides, 44 family members, who volunteered, have also been tested.

“In total, 204 samples have been tested but no mutant strain was detected while seven persons have been tested Covid positive. Out of these seven positive cases, four persons have travel history while three other positive cases are contacts. This has been revealed by their RTPCR tests,” the department explained.