A complete of six individuals who returned to India from the UK had been discovered constructive for the brand new coronavirus pressure found there, the Union ministry of well being and household welfare (MoHFW) stated in a press release on Tuesday. Of those, the ministry stated, three samples had been discovered constructive in Bengaluru, two in Hyderabad and one in Pune.
“A complete of six samples of six UK returnee individuals have been discovered to be constructive with the brand new UK variant genome. three in Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being and Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, 2 in Centre for Mobile and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and 1 in Nationwide Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune,” the ministry’s assertion famous on Tuesday morning. The assertion additional stated that those that have examined constructive have been stored in single-room isolation in designated well being care services by respective state governments, including that their shut contacts, too, have been quarantined.
Mentioning that the state of affairs is underneath cautious watch, the assertion additionally stated that states are being suggested recurrently for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to 10 Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) labs, together with the three the place the six samples had been discovered constructive with the brand new coronavirus pressure.
Of the six who’ve examined constructive for the brand new variant genome, one is from Tamil Nadu, state well being secretary J Radhakrishnan stated. Of the 2 samples discovered constructive in CCMB Hyderabad, one every is from Warangal (Telangana) and Nellore (Andhra Pradesh).
On December 21, the Union ministry of civil aviation had introduced a brief ban on flights from the UK, from 11:59 pm on December 22 until December 31. The ministry had additionally directed that passengers arriving in India from any worldwide flight from the UK be subjected to “obligatory” RT-PCR assessments, and had additionally issued detailed SOPs on this regard.
The brand new coronavirus pressure, which is reported to be 70% extra contagious than the present one, has led to a number of nations placing a ban on flights from the UK. It was found within the nation in September. The presence of this new variant has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, thus far.