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UK returned positive man in Odisha, being tested for new strain of Covid


Amid growing fear over the UK’s most contagious strain of coronavirus, a 34-year-old man from Bhubaneswar, who had recently flown in from the UK, has been admitted to a hospital here after testing positive. by the virus.

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhury said the man had returned from the UK on December 18. “The man has been kept in a Covid hospital according to the central guidelines for institutional isolation. His family members would also be examined, ”said the commissioner.

Officials said the sample from the man returned to the UK will undergo S gene or whole genome sequencing at the Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswar. ILS has been chosen among the 5 institutions in the country for genome sequencing.

Last week, the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was discovered to be the reason behind the rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the south and east of England. Named VUI (Investigational Variant) year 2020, month 12, variant 01 or lineage B.1.1.7, the variant is the result of multiple mutations in the peak protein of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, as well as mutations in other genomic regions of the RNA virus.

Initial analysis indicates that the variant can spread more easily between people. Research is ongoing to determine whether this variant is associated with any change in symptom severity, antibody response, or vaccine efficacy.

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Meanwhile, Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar has issued a standard operating procedure (SoP) for all airlines. Carriers have been asked to inform airport authorities about passengers returning from the UK. A help desk and rapid antigen test field are already in place for passengers. According to the new guidelines, passengers who have a UK travel history, within 14 days, must undergo an RT PCR test if they do not have a negative RT PCR test report after arriving in India , at any other national airport. Therefore, starting tomorrow, the RT PCR test facility will be available alongside the RAT facility.

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