Govt confirms 6 UK returnees found positive for new coronavirus strain


(Online Desk)

A total of six persons who returned from the United Kingdom were found positive for the new coronavirus strain discovered there, the government said on Tuesday.

Of these, the government said, three samples were found positive in National Institute of Mental Health and Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, two in Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, and one in National Institute of Virology, Pune.

On December 21, the Union ministry of civil aviation had announced a temporary ban on flights from the United Kingdom, from 11:59 pm on December 22 till December 31. The ministry had also directed that passengers arriving in India from any international flight from the UK be subjected to “mandatory” RT-PCR tests, and had also issued detailed SOPs in this regard.

The new coronavirus strain, which is reported to be 70% more contagious than the current one, has led to several countries putting a ban on flights from the UK. It was discovered in the country in September.