India reports first 6 cases of mutant COVID-19 strain as 6 UK returnees test +ve

by National | 29-12-2020 | 554 views

NewDelhi: India has reported its first six cases of the new coronavirus strain. A total of 6 samples of 6 UK returnees were found to be positive with the new UK variant. Three samples were found to be positive in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, two in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune. The six people have been kept in single room isolation.

India has reported 16,432 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest rise in the number of daily cases in more than six months. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 1,02,24,303, while 252 more deaths took the death toll to 1,48,153. The total number of active cases stood at 2,68,581.

Adar Poonawalla on Monday said his Serum Institute of India (SII) is expecting the British and Indian governments to approve the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use within a few days. "You will be hearing some good news from the UK very soon," he added. "By January, we should have the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine licensed," he further said.

62 UK returnees untraceable, not picking phones: Odisha govt

The Odisha government has stated that 62 people, who returned to the state from the UK between November 30 and December 21, are untraceable. The untraceable returnees are not picking up their phones, the government added. Notably, 181 people returned from the UK during the period, of which 119 underwent coronavirus tests and six of them tested positive.

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