6 UK returnees found positive with new COVID strain!

New Delhi: Six people who had recently returned from the UK to India have tested positive with the new coronavirus strain.

A total of 6 samples of 6 UK returnees have been found to be positive with the new UK variant genome. According to a government statement, 3 samples in NIMHANS of Bengaluru, 2 in CCMB, Hyderabad and 1 in NIV, Pune has been detected out of all the samples tested.

All 6 infected persons have been kept in single-room isolation in designated health care facilities by respective state governments. Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. The government is meanwhile doing a comprehensive contact tracing exercise for co-travellers, family and others.

Meanwhile, the government has taken cognizance of the reports of the mutant variant of coronavirus being detected in India and has “put in place a pro-active and preventive strategy to detect and contain the mutant variant”.

Nearly 33,000 passengers had disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK between November 25 to December 23. All these passengers were being tracked and were subjected by states/UTs to RT-PCR tests.

“Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on. The situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG labs,” the ministry said. The new strain was first detected in the UK in September. In November, around a quarter of cases in London were the new variant. This reached nearly two-thirds of the cases in mid-December.