Three in Rajasthan, 8 in Maharashtra, 6 in Kerala test positive for new UK COVID-19 strain

by National | 05-01-2021 | 556 views

Three people tested positive for new UK COVID-19 strain on Monday in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan following which they were isolated and contact tracing was carried out to contain the spread of the virus. A total of 38 samples have been found to be positive with the new UK variant of COVID-19 in India, Health Ministry confirmed on Monday.

Eight people who returned from the UK have tested positive for new COVID-19 strain in Maharashtra, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. Five of them are from Mumbai and one each from Pune, Thane and Mira Bhayander, Tope said, adding, "Contact tracing is underway." CM Uddhav Thackeray will reportedly request Centre to quarantine UK returnees at international airports across India.

Six UK returnees in Kerala have tested positive for mutant UK COVID-19 strain, Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday said. "Two each in Kozhikode and each in Kottayam and Kannur tested positive for new strain...test result came today from National Virology Institute, Pune," she added. Eighteen UK returnees had tested positive for COVID-19, Shailaja had confirmed on December 29.

75 people who returned from the UK yet to be traced: K'taka Health Min

As many as 75 people, who recently returned from the UK where a new COVID-19 strain has emerged, are yet to be traced in Karnataka, state Health Minister Dr Sudhakar K said on Monday. Of these, 70 are from areas within Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike limits. "Foreign nationals are also there...Their details have been collected from immigration department," he added.

India has reported 16,375 new coronavirus cases and 201 more deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest rise in the number of daily cases and deaths since June 2020. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 1,03,56,844, while the death toll mounted to 1,49,850. The total number of active cases in the country stood at 2,31,036.

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