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AP Flyer Who Fled IGI Has Strain In UK; 109 untracked in Pune | India News


VISAKHAPATNAM / PUNE / BHUBANESWAR: The Andhra Pradesh government is on high alert after laboratory reports confirmed that the woman (47) who had eluded health authorities at Delhi airport upon returning from the UK last week was carrying the Mutated strain of the new coronavirus that is currently rampaging. across Great Britain.
Meanwhile, Pune’s civic body had yet to track 109 travelers who had arrived in the city from the UK in the past 15 days. The absence of contact details and unsuccessful attempts to connect by phone forced Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to approach police for help, a civic official said.
Odisha was also facing problems. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation received a list of 74 more people who have traveled from the UK to the capital of Odisha. It has formed six teams to track them, but it is proving difficult as the returnees’ phones, which work with UK-based service providers, have been turned off. In the AP, Family Health and Welfare Commissioner K Bhaskar said his department had so far tracked 1,406 out of 1,423 UK returnees identified. “We have also identified 6,364 contacts,” he said.
PMC officials said some travelers landed in Mumbai and arrived in Pune by road, and that PMC’s contact tracing team tried to reach them but were unable to trace them. In accordance with PMC’s protocol, all passengers arriving from Western Asian countries and Europe must undergo mandatory institutional quarantine at their own cost at nearby hotels in the city for seven days.
In Andhra, the fled woman, a native of Rajahmundry, had boarded a special train bound for Visakhapatnam from New Delhi on December 22 after testing positive and had turned off her mobile phone, making it difficult to track her. However, she was later tracked down and quarantined. The officials had also filed a police complaint against her.
The woman had arrived in Rajahmundry in the early hours of December 24. Her son, who met her at the Delhi airport and accompanied her on the train journey, tested negative. Authorities hope he was not in contact with too many people during the nearly 1,800-kilometer train ride while riding in a coupe. Both the mother and the son were held at the Rajahmundry Government Hospital in different isolation wards.

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