20 people who have returned from the United Kingdom to India have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain. This includes results of the six people who were found positive with new strain on Tuesday.
“A total of 6 samples of 6 UK returnee persons have been found to be positive with the new U.K variant genome,” the Ministry said on Tuesday.
The new UK Variant has already been reported by Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon and Singapore, so far.
Last week, India had temporarily suspended flights from the UK till December 31 after the emergence of the new coronavirus strain in the country.
The Ministry has said, “From 25th November to 23rd December 2020 midnight, about 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK. All these passengers are being tracked and subjected by States/UTs to RT-PCR tests. So far only 114 have been found positive. These positive samples have been sent to 10 INSACOG labs (NIBMG Kolkata, ILS Bhubaneswar, NIV Pune, CCS Pune, CCMB Hyderabad, CDFD Hyderabad, InSTEM Bengaluru, NIMHANS Bengaluru, IGIB Delhi, NCDC Delhi) for genome sequencing.”