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Tripura will acquire a sequencing machine to test the new Covid-19 variant


When the new genome variant of the UK Sars-Cov-2 virus made its entry into India by affecting six returnees from the UK, Tripura decided to purchase sequencing machines to identify whether the variant has affected anyone in the state.

A total of 3,317 international passengers were found infected with Covid-19. Of the total, 114 have returned from the UK.

“The health department has already started the process of acquiring the sequencing machine. They would take him to Agartala to analyze samples. All international passengers, including returnees from the UK, must undergo RT-PCR tests which are mandatory for them. Currently, the samples will be sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for confirmation, “said Cabinet spokesman Ratan Lal Nath.

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Nath added that a total of five returnees from the UK have arrived in the state between November 25 and December 28. Of them, one traveler tested positive for Covid-19. Your samples have been sent to Pune for confirmation.

The state also selected the Panchayati Raj Training Institute (PRTI) women’s shelter as an institutional quarantine center for treating patients if they are found to be infected with the new variant of the virus.

As of December 28, a total of 44,521 healthcare workers and 2,263 session sites, along with 1,429 primary vaccinators, were identified and the database uploaded to the website. Six team members were identified for each session site, he added.

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