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New Covid-19 strain: 58 people test positive in India

A total of 58 people have tested positive in India for the new UK variant of coronavirus, according to the Union Health Ministry. It said that 20 new cases have been identified at National Institute of Virology, Pune.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: January 05, 2021 12:36 IST
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New Covid-19 strain: 58 people test positive in India 

A total of 58 people have tested positive in India for the new UK variant of coronavirus, according to the Union Health Ministry. These include the 38 cases which were announced till Monday.

The Health ministry said that 20 new cases have been identified at National Institute of Virology, Pune.

All these persons have been kept in single room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective state governments. Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine. Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on.

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The situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the States for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing & dispatch of samples to INSACOG labs. The positive COVID-19 samples are being tested at 10 INSACOG labs (NIBMG Kolkata, ILS Bhubaneswar, NIV Pune, NCCS Pune, CCMB Hyderabad, CDFD Hyderabad, InSTEM Bengaluru, NIMHANS Bengaluru, IGIB Delhi and NCDC Delhi) for genome sequencing.

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58 people test positive for new Covid-19 strain in India 

The presence of the new UK variant has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.

The government of India took cognizance of the reports of virus reported from the UK and put in place a proactive and preventive strategy to detect and contain the mutant variant. This strategy includes temporary suspension of all flights coming from the UK with effect from the midnight of December 23 till January 7 and mandatory testing of all UK-returned air passengers through RT-PCR test.

The samples of all UK returnees found positive in RT-PCR test will be genome sequenced by a consortium of 10 government labs - INSACOG.

Further, all the international passengers who have arrived in India between December 9 to 22, if symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19, will be subjected to genome sequencing as part of the Centre's strategy to detect the mutated UK variant in them.

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