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The first 6 cases of the new Covid strain detected in India when returnees from the UK test positive | India News


NEW DELHI: India reported the first six cases of the mutant strain of Coronavirus, as six returnees from the UK tested positive, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.
He said the mutated UK strain was detected in samples at NIMHANS, Bengaluru, at CCMB, Hyderabad and one at NIV, Pune.
All of these individuals have been kept in single room isolation in designated health care facilities. Their close contacts have also been quarantined. Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for fellow travelers, family contacts and others, the Health Ministry said in a press release.
“The situation is under careful monitoring and regular advice is being provided to states to improve surveillance, containment, testing, and sending samples to INSACOG laboratories,” the ministry said.
Positive samples from the six returnees were sent to 10 INSACOG laboratories for genome sequencing.
It is important to note that the presence of the new UK variant has already been reported by Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, so far, said the ministry. .
In the wake of reports of the new Covid strain, the government has suspended all flights from the UK from midnight December 23, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The government has also ordered a mandatory test of all flights returned from the UK. passengers through the RT-PCR test.
The Immigration Office has shared the list of all arrivals to the UK with the states and all passengers who arrived between November 25 and December 20 are being tracked by the State Surveillance Units and the State Surveillance Units. IDSP district.
The new Covid strain is 56% more contagious
A mutated strain of coronavirus spreading in Britain is on average 56 percent more contagious than the original version, scientists warned in one study, urging a quick launch of the vaccine to help prevent more deaths.
The new variant, which emerged in south-east England in November and is spreading rapidly, is likely to increase hospitalizations and deaths from Covid next year, according to the study published Wednesday by the Center for Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases of the United States. London School of Hygiene. and Tropical Medicine. The researchers, who focused on South East England, the East and London, said it was not yet clear whether the mutated strain was more or less deadly than its predecessor.

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