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New UK variant found in 20 people in India, 7 in Karnataka | India News


BENGALURU: The number of people infected with the new British variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus in Karnataka has risen to seven out of three that were first reported on Tuesday, while the number has risen to 20 out of seven nationally.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said: “Of the 26 returnees from the UK who positive upon arrival, seven of them have been infected by the new variant according to the results of genome sequencing. While three of them are from Bengaluru, four more are from Shivamogga. ”
He added that the total number of those people in the country has risen to 20 from seven on Tuesday. “Of these eight are from Delhi and seven are from Karnataka,” Sudhakar said.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH & FW), some 33,000 people had arrived from the UK between November 25 and December 23, of which 114 tested positive. All of their samples were sent to the 10 designated laboratories of the SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium of India (INSACOG) for sequencing.
Of the 114 who are positive patients, Karnataka has 26, of which seven have been declared as having the new variant. “All of their contacts have been traced and quarantined. All of them are also being tested and whoever is positive is being treated in government facilities,” Sudhakar said.
The three people identified as Tuesday are already being treated in government facilities – a mother and daughter are in Victoria hospital – and the same protocol has been followed for the four from Shivamogga.
“So far, none of the 26 positive patients, including the seven with the new variant, have shown severe symptoms. The infection appears to be mild so far,” Sudhakar added.
On Tuesday, he had said that all returnees who have tested positive so far, even if evidence is expected that they are infected with the new variant, are being isolated and treated.
“The situation is under careful surveillance and regular advice is being provided to states to improve surveillance, containment, testing and shipment of samples to INSACOG laboratories. It is important to note that Denmark has already reported the presence of the new variant of the United Kingdom, Holland, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, until now “, had said MoH & FW.

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