6 more test positive for UK variant of Covid
New Delhi, Jan 13
The number of people who have tested positive for the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India has climbed to 102, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
The total number of UK returnees having tested positive for the mutant virus in India was 96 till Monday.
All those who have tested positive have been kept in single-room isolation at designated healthcare facilities by the respective State Governments, the Health Ministry had earlier said.
Their close contacts have also been put under quarantine and a comprehensive contact-tracing exercise has been initiated for the co-travellers, family members and others, the Ministry said, adding that the genome sequencing of other specimens is going on.
The situation is being monitored and regular advice is being given to the States for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG laboratories.
The presence of the new UK variant of the coronavirus has been reported by several countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore.