Coronavirus: 6 People That Arrived In India Test Positive For UK Mutant Strain
New Delhi, India: 6 people that arrived in India test positive for the Mutant Strain of the coronavirus that was first found in the United Kingdom earlier this month.
The new strain is believed to be 70 percent more infections.
3 patients of the mutant strain are currently in NIMHANS, Bengaluru.
2 are in the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad and 1 is currently in National Institute of Virology, Pune.
Patients that got the virus are currently being kept in single room isolation facilities.
This is being done in order to control the spread of the more infectious disease.
It was reported that around 33,000 passengers arrived from the United Kingdom from November 25 and December 23.
Out of those passengers, around 114 of them tested positive for the coronavirus.
Talking about the mutant strain of the virus, the government of India said:
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.
on December 21, 2020, India banned flights from the United Kingdom to the country.
This was done in order to avoid people bringing the virus to the country, the ban will be in law until December 31, 2020.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary of the United Kingdom, said that the strain is out of control.
It was first detected in southeast England and in September, it was seen in other parts of the UK, even in London.
Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore are currently some of the countries in the world along with India that have reported the detection of the mutant strain.