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In the last 2 weeks, 43 people have returned to Odisha from the UK

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A day after a 34-year-old man from Bhubaneswar tested positive for Covid-19 5 days after returning from the UK, the Odisha government said on Thursday that 43 people from the state with a history of UK travel have returned to Odisha. in the last 17 days.

The additional chief secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra, said that of the 43 returnees from the UK, 21 went to Bhubaneswar, one to Khurda, five to Cuttack, three to Koraput and Berhampur and two to Nayagarh and Nabarangpur, one to Jajpur, Cities of Rajgangpur, Sambalpur, Jagatsinghpur and Sakhigopal.

“Please carry out intensive surveillance, contact tracing, RT-PCR testing of all UK passengers and people who came in contact with them to prevent the spread of the mutated Covid-19 virus in the state. The mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 reported in the UK has a higher transmission capacity compared to previous strains, ”Mohapatra said in his letter to district collectors and municipal authorities.

Meanwhile, the sample from the 34-year-old man who tested positive for Covid-19 was sent to NIV Pune for genome sequencing.

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